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VOL. LXVH. No. 2 





{Managers' Members Against It — Voluntary Censor- 
ship Again Comes Up at Meeting and Is Held 
Over — "Demi-Virgin" Also Figures 


The negative result of the pro- 
ducing managers' meeting, held last 
Friday, has provided basis for doubt 
whether the legit managers will go 
through with their announced In- 
tention of selecting an executive 
head or controller. Though all 
members were aware of the Im- 
portance of the meeting because of 
tke general attendance at the an- 
•ual meeting, there was no quorum. 

Not only was the resolution to 
attend the by-laws permitting the 
areation of the new post necessarily 
9*t upon the table, but the matter 
e£ voluntary stage censorship was 
•Jeo again put off. Without the P. 
M. A. taking ^definite action in the 
censorship plan, the other bodies 

(Continued on page 4) 


"King of Kings" First Tried 

*l Sabin's Camp— Author's 

Widow Has Script 

posthumous production of a 

•X Walter Browne, author of 

roman," is the unusual 

for next season. The opus 

» known as "The King of Xtaigs." 

script of which Dorothy Onner 

'~T« a former professional (his 

r^ 9 has had ** h " w possession 
mt »« years. 

Chutes SaWn, the New York 
ni«cier, is interested in the pres- 
Dh £™- The money wizard and 
?™*tthropist has an unusual plan 
« working out its production. The 
™* showing will be given in a 
.IS "? " Amcrlc anization camp," 
»t?kT , r le<5 each season by Sabin up- 
M tho mf >«ntatns. 
W *ects "The King 
*■} *>e tried there. 
^^jjer the eye of Sabin the play 

•Den t Worked on *»• *» the fall a 
^J^u Production will be made for 

^ J* said the financier is willing, 
g^fPond up to $180,001 on the 

With spe- 
of Kings" 


Notorious Railroad Swindler 

Used Proceeds to Stage Girl 

Shows and Pictures 

Portland, Ore., May 31. 
The straight and narrow path was 
too much for Maude Myrtle John- 

(Continued on page 2) 

LOEW— A. & H. 

Continued Presence in New York of 
Const Men Starts Rumors 

Tho continued presence in New 
York of Irving Ackerman (Acker- 
man & Harris) of San Francisco, 
who has been in frequent confer- 
ences with Marcus Loew, has given, 
rise to several reports concerning 
the nature of whatever negotiations 
are pending. Sam Harris, who came 
East with his partner, left last Sat- 
urday for the Coafct. 

Ackerman &. Harris are associ- 
ated with Loew's, the A. & H. far 
Western theatres having been 
merged with the Loew Circuit at the 
latter's reorganization. 

The exact nature of the deal will 
lil.ely be disclosed within a week, if 
it is closed. 


Pittsburgh, May 21. 
In his address to the Carnegie 
Tech dramatic students, Will Hays 
declared his chief object s head of 

Radio Sales Started Down- 
ward with Summer — 
Manufacturers Predict 
Revival in Fall — Over 
3,000,000 Radio Sets Now 
in Use — New York Has 
Comparatively Few — New 
Device May Permit In- 
stallation Through Ordi- 
nary Electric Light Apart- 
ment Attachment 


Radio, and particularly its popu- 
lar manifestation, radiophone, songs 
and song records, is looked upon by 
the in and out of doors vendors, 
makers and publishers of popular 
amusement as an encroachment. 
That has been true of every form 
of novelty amusement or entertain- 
ment that has reached the propor- 
tions of a fad or craze within the 

(Continued on page 22) 


Each Wants Geo. M. Cohan— 

W. A. Pinkerton Making 

Bids for Chicago 

Chicago. May 31. 
Indirect references by local news- 
paper columnists reveals a terrific 
underground Chicago play- 

tho producers and distributors was J goers now hold against Boston play 
to eliminate censorship. He *poke j goers, 
briefly on the subject, declaring the 
public the real censor for the pic- 

ture, "just as it is for the press and 

"The movies represent an invest- 
ment of $500,000,000 in real estate, 
studios and equipment, with 50.000 
persons employed at salaries total- 
ing $600,000,000 annually. Tor pro- 
duction, $200,000,000 a yenr i spent. 
For admission to movie theatres, 
more than $800,000,000 is paid an- 
nually/" said Mr. Hays. 

It's all because Geo. M. Cohan is 
(Continued on page 2) 


Sessue Uayakawa. the Japanese 
film star, will appear in legit on 
Broadway next fall, under the 
■Huberts' direction, in association 
with Walter C, Jordan. 

The piece has been selected but is 
untitled. Fred deGresac ia the 



U. S. District Attorney at Saratoga, N. Y., Secures 
Interesting Data on Rum Running, Protection 
and Selling— 412,000 Profit in 14 Days 


Federal Postal Inspectors Try- 
ing to Locate Publishers — 
Author Unknown 

Los Angeles, May SI. 
Federal authorities, hsaded by 
Postal Inspector Clark Webster of 
Los Angeles, are searching for the 
author and publisher of a book en- 
titled "The Sins of Hollywood," 
which is said by them to be too 
(Continued on page 2) 

Ons of the most intimate and 
detailed accounts of a bootlegger's 
operations yet to come into tho 
possession of prohibition enforce- 
ment authorities is contained in a 
little red book which United Statee 
Attorney Hiram C. Todd of Sara- 
toga, N. T., holds. The diary, which 
lists booze prices — both purchase 
- and sale— the source of supply, the 
name of persons "greased" and the 
addresses and telephone numbers of 
accomplices, shows a profit ts the 
(Continued on page 4) 


10c Admission to Morning Perform- 
ances — Schools Participate 

The Children!' Theatre Co., under 
the management of George Dam- 
roth, is presenting full length ver- 
sions of "Robin Hood," "Jack and 
the Beanstalk" and "Cinderella" In 
the local public schools. 

The plays ars presented mornings 
in tho school auditoriums. An ad- 
mission of ten cents is made, the 
company splitting the receipts 50-50 
with the school, the latter's share 
being turned into a fund. 

The company carries scenery and 
props for each of the plays, with the 
cast Including Hamilton Bingham, 
Francis Keeley, John O. Hewitt, 
Lest or Speller, Mabel Sennite, Shir- 
ley Temple. 

Upon the completion of the school 
season, which ends this month, the 
company will play a road tour dur- 
ing the summer with th same 


Detroit, May 31. 
The Detroit "News" has deliv- 
ered what, is said to be the first 
yearly contract for rudio entertain- 
ment. It u a contract to 16 AVul 
musicians to play twice daily fee 
tho 'News'" radio concerts. The 
musicians will be called the WWJ 
Orchestra the calling number for 
the 'News' " broadcasting station. 


Helene Odilon Advertises It in 
Vienna by Sign on Hat- 
Now Peddles Pictures 

Berlin, May 31. 

In Vienna these days Helene 
Odilon, a once rich and well known 
actress, is playing her last and most 
touching role, that of beggar, 
through the restaurants of tho Aus- 
trian capital. 

Every evening she may be seen 
as the lights begin to flare up, a 
bedraggled old lady setting pictures 
of a handsome young ghrl whom 
one would take to be her daughter, 
but who is none other than The 
Odilon in her prime. 

On tyer hat la a sign, reading: 
"Helen© Odilon, once a much ad- 
mired stage star, half lame, plays 
her last part as saleswoman." 

The first evening she took ia al- 
most a million krowns, which is a 
lot, but not all It sounds. 


In dariHnK Oicirwuy to poptf1»rftjr 
fiid into the near Musi' Bos 
Rev** iM»ely spend their "drt»»" 
money at— - 

BinnSSng in AtUie 
for the T li e • t r • 

148 Went 40th Street, N. T. C. 

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Move to Remove William Luqq 

As Secretary — Association 

Pledged to Protect 

London, May 23. 

What might oe termed war clouds 
»re gathering over the Actors' As- 
sociation. Having, after many 
years' existence established them- 
selves as a useful institution, they 
•re about to commit the grave error 
€»f throwing over the pilot. For 
some time past a certain section of 
the members has been agitating for 
the removal of the present secretary i 
William Lugg, and the matter has 
risen to a head in a resolution 
which Kva Moore puts before her 
brother and sister artists. 

The resolution runs: "Mr. Lugg, 
the paid secretary of the Actors' 
Association is definitely pledged to 
& certain political party under 
which he seeks election. It is prob- 
able that the Actors' Association 
may appear to be connected with 
that party. It would be detrimental 
for the assoeiation to be identified 
with any political party. Would 
it, therefore, not be advisable to 
have a secretary who would devote 
his whole time to the woi of the 
Actors' Association?" 

William Lugg has already been 
i.p for election in the Labor interest 
and has been defeated. 

When the association has done 
anything for the player or has 
thought it has it has been by ap- 
proved Libor methods, as witness 
the lightning strike at the St. 
James,' when May Palfey revived 
"The Night of the Party." The ac- 
tors have received their backbone 
directly or indirectly from the Va- 
riety Artist9* Association, which is 
very much Labor and proud of it, 
and the only friends who will fight 
the actors' battle in the House of 
Commons are Labor members. 


New Play In Paris Deals With Con. 
science Tortured Husband 

Paris, May 31. 

To follow the successful run of 
"The Thief*' at the llymnase, Henry 
Hernstein produced a new play, 
"Barbe Blonde*' C'CJolden Beard") 
by Bradby and Bouvelet, May 24, 
which was well received. 

The story deals with a country at- 
torney whose chief physical char- 
acteristic is a golden beard. He 
jokes when his cantankerous wife 
threatens suicide, but she acci- 
dentally falls out of a window and 
is killed. The family blames tire 
husband for the humble tragedy, 
and although the police investiga- 
tion proves it a clear case of suicide, 
the attorney believes himself moral- 
ly guilty and suffers keen remorse 
until he finds consolation with a 
faithful servant girlr 

It's a curious play, written in an 
oddly whimsical style, but beneath 
the surface of social irony there is 
a deal of keen psychology. The 
thing is extremely well done, but it 
is doubtful if it is appropriate to 

The piece is interpreted by an able 
cast including Henry Burguet (who 
also is credited with the staging), 
Alcover, Numes, Mmes. Yolande 
Laffon and Mady Berry. 


New Piece at Globe Has a Touch of 
the Highbrow 


London, May 31. 

"Eileen," produced at the Globe 
May 27, was disclosed as a clever 
comedy yomewhat on the type of 
••Enter Madame,* It is brilliantly 
acted by Brugherne and Dion Boucl- 

No doubt of its skill and clever- 
ness, but the piece is slightly 
"highbrow" and there is a chance 
It will miss with the general public. 


Recommended Chimpanzees Be 
Barred — Strict Supervision 

London, May 23. 

The Select Committee of the 
House of Commons on the al- 
legations in the training and exhib- 
ition of performing animals has laid 
its report on the table of the House. 

It recommends performances by 
Chimpanzees should be prohibited, 
and that there should be closer su- 
pervision than at present in the 
case of other animals. 

The registration of trainers and 
exhibitors by the Home Office is sug- 
gested, and the appointment of a 
Committee of Control, with large 
powers, consisting of a chairman 
and four members appointed by the 
Home Office, two by the Royal So- 
ciety for the Prevention of Cruelty 
to Animals, and two by the profes- 
sion itself. 


Paris, May 31. 

The new version of "Aux Jardins 
d« Meurcle," played in the United 
States as "Spanish Love," is being 
produced June 14 at the Kingsway, 
London, by Ben Rimo, who is stag- 
ing the London version. 

Sacha Guitry opens with his 
French company in his own com- 
edies at the Princes, London, 
June 12. 


London, May 31. 

May Wirth and the Wirth Family 
In their riding act scored a sensa- 
tional success again this week at 

The Stoll tour has booked all the 
time remaining until their date for 
sailing for the United States, where 
the act has outstanding contracts. 


London, May 31. 

Charles Dilli.ighan will leave Lon- 
don for Paris in a few days on the" 
hunt for more plays. He declares 
the J is nothing he wants among the 
current London productions except 
••Loyalties" and "Tons of Money," 
both of which he secured for "The 
Syndicate" before they were pro- 
duced here. 

Paris, May 31. 

Charles Dillingham was expected 

in Pario from London yesterday 

Lillian Herlein in Paris 

Paris, May 31. 
Lillian Herlein, American, opens 
at the Olympia here^June 2. 


(Continued from page 1) 
ignoring Chicago altogether too 
much to satisfy the l<5op-hound ad- 
mirers of the great little guy. Local 
recognized first-nighters, headed by 
William A. Pinkerton, staunchest 
of all Cohan admirers here, claim 
Chicago can uncork more enthu- 
siasm for a personal presence of 
Geo. M. in one night than Boston 
can all summer. So the jealousy 
fight is on. 

The Cohan move of sending 
"Madeleine and the Movies" to Co- 
han's Grand without even Georgette 
Cohan, not to mention himself, has 
greatly disappointed the whole Co- 
han local field. Those who know 
claim Geo. M.'s reception the night 
he walked out on the stage at Pow- 
ers after the performance of "Genius 
and the Crowd" two years ago 
prove the love in which he Is held 
by Chicagoans, and easily topped 
anything of its sort contributed by 
playgoers elsewhere. Because of 
this and for other reasons a big howl 
is being made for Cohan to come 
on to Chicago instead of giving Bos- 
ton all. 

The celebrated Chicago's Folicc- 
men'fl <B>and wasn't obtainable re- 
cently when an attempt was made to 
secure it as an escort for a promi- 
nent actor's arrival in town, but 
the first-nighters, under the com- 
mand of Mr. Pinkorton, will not only 
guarantee it for Geo. M.'s promise 
to visit Chicago as a playing celeb- 
rity, but they will contribute other 
features that will prove Chicago 
wants anel will appreciate Cohan's 
return to the Chicago stage. 

The wag claims Geo. M. refuses 
to come to Chicago unless either the 
White Sox or the Cubs win an- 
other pennant. Under this condi- 
tion Chicago playgoers have many 
seasons to wait for the busy 
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Finds Circus With Band Abroad. 
Coming Over Here 

Berlin, May 31. 

Ike Hose, American showman, is 
here looking for suitable attractions 
for American circuses and carnivals. 
He has already engaged a complete 
midget circus with 30 liliputians and 
a full band of midget players. 

Rose says he will probably pre- 
sent the attraction as a feature with 
one of the larger carnivals. Mr. 
Rose, who visits Europe frequently, 
recently took a Dutch giant and a 
pair of grow^n-together twins to the 
United States. He was the man- 
ager of Rosika and Josepha, who 
died recently at Chicago. 

Frank Van Hoven not a bad act 
for a good show and a good act for 
a bad show. 



visiting London are cordially invited to make use of our olhVes for their 

mail. We shall he pleased to assist anel advise you respecting your songs 

anel material, whether published by us or not. 


138-140 Charing Cross Road LONDON, W. C, ENG. 



(Continued from page 1) 
owner of $12,118.02 during a period 
of 14 days. 

Upon its pages, In a clear, legible 
hand, is written a detailed story of 
the hootch hound's activities for the 
two weeks in question. Each page 
is divided into two sections, the left 
for expenses, and the right for 
income. In every instance there is 
a substantial profit when the bal- 
ance is struck. 

The book carries the names of 
"obstructionists" over "the greased 
trail from the Canadian border to 
New York city," and written in the 
left hand column, opposite their 
names, Is the amount paid them on 
each trip. 

"Cops," according to the diary, 
can be bought for "one bottle',' 
while others, including '"Benny" at 
Carthage, "Patsy" at Massena, and 
"Mrs. CJold" come higher, payments 
to them on several occasions being 
jotted down as an, expense of $3501 

In addition to the notations of 
expenses and profits are other 
items, including a list of "good ad- 
dresses," names of men and women, 
and their apartments and telephone 
number*, the majority of them being 
labeled "O. K." "Marie," "Leona," 
"Mary'* are a few of the young 
ladfes Indexed as "O. K.," and 
among the men "Kenney," ''Fogler," 
"Flurey" in New York city, •'Baft" 
at Carthage, "IManty" at Massena, 
and "Dennis" are rated "safe." 

There is a toucb of remorse and 
sadness in the little red book, for 
mention is made of the fact that 
"Mary" is now in a sanitarium on 
the Boston Road. 

From one entry in the expense ac- 
count even a good bootlegger has 
his troubles, for the cryptic phrase, 
"stolen $200" is written down on the 
left side of the page. The day that 
misfortune happened was the poor- 
est during the two weeks' opera- 
tions, for only $47.20 was netted 
during the 24-hour period. The 
busiest day recorded in the diary 
was March 16. when $2,607.80 was 
credited, $1,500 coming from 
"Aaron," $100 from "Arthur," $100 
by money order, "Sacks $25," 
"Swcdneck $195," "Klimanow $90." 
Later on "Aaron" came back for 
$1,600 more. The only notation of 
paying out on that day was to 
"Klibanow $100." 

The book also contains, District 
Attorney Todd believes, the code 
used by bootleggers when ordering 
hootch by mail or by telephone. If 
Haig and Haig is wanted, a reeiuest 
is made for "double," John Dewar 
is designated as "single," and White 
Horse is referred to as "team." 
"John's" address and telephone 
number In Westville Center is also 
on file In the diary. 

Only .once in the book is a pur- 
chase referred to as "booze," that 
on March 16, when an expense item 
of $1,032 for "booze" is listed. On 
other occasions purchases are re- 
ferred to as "stuff" or "white stuff." 
pOOd whiskey, if from "Spitzer's" 
costs $87.50 a case. "Leveontl'S" 
price is a little lower, $S5 a case, 
while "Fogler's" is $92.50 a case. 

During the 14 days' operations 
two automobiles were purchased, 
together with tires and other 
equipment, licenses were secured 
anel substantial amounts paid out 
for the upkeep of the machines. The 
rum runner ended up his trip in the 
< ity, visiting a barber shop, where 
they nicked him $1.50 for tonsorial 
work, and later a restaurant, where 
the food bandits charged him $3.50 
for a simple evening repast. 

District Attorney Todel has no 
Idea of forgetting the red book. He 
either has or will present the Cast 
to U*e grand ji ry for action. 


Arthur Hammerstein Wants Her for 


"Lass o r Laughter" Flops in 

Heat and Manager Tests 

Novel Plan 

London, May 31. 
Edith Day may return to New 
York in the fall. She has been of- 
fered the lead in a musical shew to 
be produced by Arthur Hammer- 
stein there. The show is to be called 

"Sunshine" is the tentative title of 
the latest collaborative work of 
Alonzo Price and Tony Buffano. It 
was played for several performances 
in Hartford recently by a local com- 
pany and accepted by Hammerstein. 
The same authors did "Somebody's 
Sweetheart," which was tried out 
before acceptance in the same man- 

It Is more than likely another title 

London, May 31. 

The' heat has put a crimp in 
everything, including even "Lass o* 
Laughter" at the Queen's. This was 
regarded as a phenomenal success 
and proof against bad attendance, 
but it dropped with the rest when 
the weather turned warm. 

As a means of encouraging bu*d- 
ness Sir Alfred Butt tried a scheme 
for the first time over here. He in- 
augurated the issuing of free passes 
for all parts of the house on the 
written application of the public. 
After witnessing the performance 
the applicants received neatly writ- 
ten communications requesting 
them to send checks in payment of 
their seats, if the play pleased them. 


"Dumollet" at Paris Vaudeville Does 
Fairly as Operette 

Paris, May 31. 

Following pictures the Theatre du 
Vaudeville again reverted to a stage 
production "Dumollet ' May 25. The 
piece has Vilbert in the name part, 
supported by Fernal No-Colle and 
Mesdames Edmoe Favart and Geb- 
ron Norbens. It was received only 

The book is by Victor Jannet and 
wiYfbe"seVctedr ***** by Hughes Delorme. The 

called "Sunshine" was toured two 
seasons ago with Richard Carle 
starred. It never played New York. 

Conrad's Invitation to Creditors 
London, May 31. 

Con Conrad, who has been on this 
side for some time, is sailing for 
home June 1 by the "Rotterdam." 

In announcing his departure Con- 
rad said: "You may say that if my 
creditors will assemble on the pier 
in New York to meet the :ship, I will 
settle in full." 

leading character is lifted from an 
old French song which recites ia 
ballad form how Dumollet, a draper, 
conspires against the great Na- 
poneon, hiding other conspirators. 
He comes under the suspicion of 
the police but wins immunity 
through the love of a police officer 
for his elaughter. 


(Continued from page 1) 
son (late producer of girl shows, 
and better known as greatest of 
women swindlers) to follow, so she 
ic now in jail in Portland. 

Reformation, loss of a fortune in 
production of girl shows, stranded, 
temptation, forgery and remorse tell 
of her bitter attempt . 

Known to police and railroad 
claim agents throughout the United 
States a few years ago as "Queen 
of Fakers," Mrs. Johnson is said to 
have swindled railroad companies 
out of thousands of dollars through 
her ability to fake injuries while 
riding on railroad trains. Accord- 
ing to the police, she Is able to 
throw her joints out of place, tear 
ribs loose and cough up blood at 

One of her tricks, so the story 
goes, is to place a bottle against 
one of her ribs, and then to throw 
hersel* on it at any sudden jerk of 
the train, tearing the rib loose. She 
could not only seemingly injure 
herself in this mariner, but the trick 
would cause hemorrhages. 

She is said to have won damages 
in this manner to the extent of 
$200,000. The smallest claim grant- 
ed her was $2,800 and the largest 
$32,000. She haa fleeced 19 rail- 
roads in this mann r, and damages 
paid her have run into a good sized 

With over $150, COO of this money 
she has produced girl road shows 
and motion pictures in the North- 
west territory. Failure followed 
failure and loss followed loss. A 
final attempt to make up her for- 
tune was made, and the phow 
landed stranded near Portland. 

Entirely out of funds, a series of 
checks grossing $232.50 on local 
stores were forged and blamed to 
her. Arrest quickly followed. 

A nervous breakdown from re- 
morse requires constant medical at- 
tention upon her. 

Extreme leniency will be dished 
out to her. 


London, May 31. 
Bill Merson was criticised by the 
stage manager of the Lyric for gag- 
ging his role in "Whirls Into Happi- 
ness" on the ground that his ad lib. 
comedy injured the legitimacy of 
the performance. 


Reported through Paul Tauslg & 
Son, 104 East 14th street: 

June 17 (New York for Antwerp), 
Gautier's Bricklayers (Lapland). 

June 6 (New York for London), 
Nathan Levy. 

June 3 — (From New York to Bud- 
apest), Mitzi Hajos, Frieda Hampel 

June 3 (From Le-ndon) Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert C. Halliard (AquU 

June 3 (from New York for Liver- 
pool), Kimberly and rage, (Celtic), 

June 3 (New York fe»r London), 
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hampton (Aqui- 
tania). . 

June 1 (Liverpool for New York) 
— Con Conrad (Rotterdam). 

May 31 (from New York), Mr. 
and Mrs. Arthur Bergh and daugh- 
ter (La France). 

May 30 (from New York), Harry 
Pilcer (Berengaria). 

May 30 (from New York), Mr. 
and Mrs. Max Winslcw, Mr. and 
Mrs. Walter Blaufus, Jack Curtis, 
S. Jay Kaufman (Berengaria). 

May 27 (New York to London), 
Jane Cowl (Aquitania). 

May 27— (London for New York), 
William Harris, Jr. (Mauretania, 
from Cherbourg). 

(All from New York)— May 25, 
Frank and Gertie Fay (Scythia); 
June 3, Elida Morris (Olympic); 
June 3, Emil and Curt Regal (Pres- 
ident Taft); June 8, Yalto (Hellig 
Olav) ; June 17, Morty Forkins and 
Mrs. Forkins (Rae Samuels), (Van 
Dyke); June 17, Carl Laemmle, Ju- 
lius Laemmle, Clara Belle Laemmle, 
Harry Zehner, Eddie Polo, Chung 
Hwa Four (Majrstic); 17, Mr. and 
Mrs. Herman Ergotti (President 

May 24 (From London to NeW 
York), A. C. Herman (Olympic). 
Mr. Bcrman is connecteel with Al- 
lied Artists, London, pictures. 

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Friday, June % 1922 



New York's Cut-Rate King, Joe Leblang, Will Look 
Over English Prospects — Cut Rates Proposed by 
Others for Different American Cities 

Joseph Leblang, who conceived 
and developed the Public Service 
Ticket Offices , wherein cut-rate 
tickets for Broadway attractions are 
dispensed, is planning to estab- 
lish a similar agency in London 
next season. Matty Zimmerman, 
general manager of the bargain 
agency, is leaving for Europe dur- 
ing the month and will survey the 
English metropolis with (be estab- 
lishment of a cut-rate headquar- 
quarters in mind. 

In the fall Leblang will go abroad. 
at which time a decision will be 
made whether to attempt there the 
American system of reduced tickets 
for certain attractions. 

Mr. Lcblai g when asked if he was 
interested in the Chicago cut-rate 
office, stated he had no connec- 
tion or interest in it, and said he 
would not engage in cut rating in 
any other American city except 
New York. It is reported cut rates 
may be attempted in Philadelphia. 
Boston. Chicago and St. Louis next 

At this time the cut-rate king 
stated be was not f;urc of the ground 
in London, explaining that the 
managers there would necessarily 

have to consent to the establishment 
of such an office. English theatre- 
goers, who purchase the cheaper 
seats, which form the bulk of the 
cut-rate sales here, have been 
trained by English managers to 
stand in line. The appearance of a 
queue in front of London theatres 
is the usual thing. Whether the 
managers will be willing to elim- 
inate the custom of box office lines, 
though patrons would be able to se- 
cure moderate priced tickets at 4he 
proposed cut rate office, it is a mat- 
ter to be settled. 

^The power of the cut rates has 
been demonstrated this season as 
never before. At one time over 60 
per cent, of the entire Broadway list 
was offered there. Most of the lo- 
cations were balcony and gallery 
seats, but for attractions nearing 
the end of their runs, lower floor 
seats are to be had at reduced 
prices. It is conceded that a num- 
ber of shows wVre able to continue 
in New York only through aid from 
the bargain office. This aid was 
particularly important, In light of 
the unprecedented number of fail- 
ures on Broadway and the number 
of mediocre offerings. 


London, May 21. 

The Knickerbocker Club which 
has taken the place of the old 
Vaudeville opened May 21. 

W. D. Waxman, one of the lead- 
ing Hebrew actors in England, who 
is generally billed as the Anglo- 
American tragedian, will shortly 
produce a drama by Benedict 
James entitled, "The Rabbi and the 
Priest." This play was originally 
produced as "The Little Brother" 
at the Ambassador in 1918,. with 
Fisher White as the rabbi. In the 
new production he will play the 
priest and Waxman the rabbi. Fol- 
lowing this tour Waxman will pro- 
duce Gutzkows "Uriel Acosta" In 
the West End. This has also been 
done in London, by Jacob P. Adler 
at the Pavilion, Mile End E. This 
theatre, with one of the finest 
stages in London, Is now devoted 
to pictures. 

William Morris wrote Sir J. M. 
Barrie offering to produce "Shall 
We Join the Ladies" If Barrie 
would finish writing it and make 
It into a full play. Barries reply 
was to the effect that he was not 
thinking of doing any such thing. 
This is the one-act murder mystery 
play which has been done once or 
twice at benefits and special per- 
formances. On the last occasion 
the author hinted that he was 
going to finish it. 

Sir Robert Home,- Chancellor of 
the Exchequer, received a deputa- 
tion of managers and others inter- 
ested in the financial side of the 
theatrical profession. May 11. The 
deputation arrived armed with a 
Plan and schedule for the mitiga- 
tion and rearrangement of the tax. 
*n reply the chancellor said the tax 
would not be taken off, at any rate. 
ior the present year; it would mean 
too large u los3 of revenue. The 
"'noma industry was not repre- 
sented but are seeking leave to 
send a deputation of their own. 

l'ortunello and Cirillino. the Ital- 
ian clowns and tumblers who were 
n5 e xr lhe bl « hits of "The League 
Si Nolions " at tno Ncw Oxford, 
^onaon, in their anxiety to get to 
Arnonca have signed two con- 
tacts. One with Morris (Jreen for 
5J5 years for the "Greenwich 
Village Follies." This contract was 
Particularly lucid; it consisted of 
rl,!£ J*** 8 fu » of details and In- 
tn * , a for ' f ^t»re clause of $10,000 
n order that it could be thoroughly 
understood by the act. who know 

riili >u r nD Bntfteh. Having car- 
i 25 matter of business through 

22E? fu,,y ni ° nct th <' n »U5ri*d it- 

iL c ?"* ron tract for the IT. S. with 

St*!? , Mundor * for the Keith time 

nVrn. 1 " ( *'l tf ' 1 h(ro v ' r '*° yot b»Ck nn'l 
" r ra>,o. (i t0 ;il!mv th<4 ac| |0 work 

m^ America. Now. having acquired 

fCnn ° corU '-aets. Fortunello and 

whi i ♦ ° arc> at ll »•*■ tl> ■«*»* 
Ion , « (Kj: * h **bCr to pt^ to Amor- 

■W to'open-'; Uml K th0y l] ° B °' 

Tno report o\f the select commit- 


teo that has been inquiring into 
the matter of performing animals 
in general has not yet been made 
to the House of Commons, but ac- 
cording to official correspondents 
the recommendations will be: the 
compulsory registration of all ani- 
mal trainers, the conferment of 
power on proper authorities for the 
inspection of animals undergoing 
training, imposition of heavy penal- 
ties where cruelty is proved, total 
prohibition of the performance of 
certain tricks, establishment of a 
commission of control. 

The police have hurled another 
bomb at Brighter London, and this 
time the hopes of the dancing fra- 
ternity aro badly injured. The Cri- 
terion Roof Garden was the first 
resort to be hit, a notification reach- 
ing the management at the last 
minute that dancing after 12 o'clock 
would be illegal. This place is one 
of unblemished respectability, and 
if it is closed at that hour, few 
other places will have a chance. 
The cabarets which are springing 
into existence as "after the show" 
places of entertainment are likely to 
be hit hard, and exhibition dancers, 
whose name is legion, will be hurt. 
This action on the part of the police 
is said to be the result of a badly 
worded clause in the license. It Is. 
of course, the result of the recent 
wholesale prosecution of the cheap 
and so-called "smart" night clubs. 
Many of these have gone under 
within the past fortnight, and the 
whole issue is marked for anni- 


Berlin -Harris Show at London 
Palace with English Company 

London, May SI. 

"The Music Box" show is signed 
for the Palace, London, in the early 
fall. Confirmed this week, although 
unofficial statement had previously 
been made, deal was completed. 

The burlesque, "Why Bother 
About Words," introduoed by Masie 
Gay in the new edition of "From A 
to Z" at the Prince of Wales was 
taken out without notice. , 

This is the adaptation of the 
"Music Box" scene "Words Mean 
Nothing" from the "Music Bjox" 
show in New York, lifted by Miss 
Gay who was over here during the 
winter as a member of "Pins and 

When word reached New York 
the adaptation had been put on 
without authorization, the Sam H. 
Harris office asked its attorneys to 
notify its London correspondents 
that the material was protected and 
reek to end its public use. Irving 
Berlin was then in London and 
looked after it. 

The run of the revival of Sir J. 
M. Barrie's "Quality Street." at the 
Haymarket, finishes .lune 3. after 
well over 300 performances. It is 
more than likely the next produc- 
tion will be A. A. Milne's "The Dover 
Road/' with Henry Ainley in the 
leading part. The production of 
this piece has been contemplated 
for over a year, but the success of 
"Quality Street'' has hitherto inter- 
fered with the original plans. 

One day last week AI Woods left 
the Savoy hotel, saying it was too 
noisy — too many Americans about. 

The Council of the Incorporated 
Stage Society announces the forth- 
coming production of "At the Gates 
of the Kingdom" for two private 
performances at the Court May 
21-22. The play is the work of Knut 
Hamsun and was for long in the 
report ory of the Moscow Art the- 
atre. The English translation is by 
Theodore Komi.sar.ievsky. who will 
produce for the Incorporated So- 

Caleb Porter i^ fl West End char- 
acter actor and has be n associated 
with Fred Terry In many of the hit- 
ter's biggest puccesscs; He Is also 
a Clever utist iii color 6r block nnd 
White and a writer, lie now h is :m 
eye on the top <-f gome vaudeville 
bill, and has added the joyousn 
of confirmed optimism to his other 
accomplishments. Ho intends staff- 
ing a somewhat imu>ual act. and in 
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Paris, May 20. 

Alexander Powell is now in Arme- 
nia gathering material for a book. 
Laird W. Archer, of Kansas City, 
has reached Tlflis. Rose Wilder 
Lane, of San Francisco, is visiting 
Mount Ararat for literary work on 
Armenia, illustrated by Mrs. J. J. 
Marquis. Elsa Hardcastle, of Cleve- 
land, is in the Caucasus, for Near 
East Relief publications. 

Among visitors in Paris last 
week were George McManus, car- 
toonist; Frank Crownlnshield, edi- 
tor of Vanity Fair; Thomas Hogg, 
former manager of the Denver Post: 
Abram Sopkin, violinist; Enid 
Watkins, prize winner at the Fon- 
taineblcau American Conservatory 
of Music last summer, due for a 
concert here June 1; Ruth Draper, 
for performances at the Maison de 
l'Oeuvre; Walter Damrosch; Geo. 
Elmer Browne, painter. 

Mrs. Edna F. Cunningham, pian- 
ist, is touring Germany. 

Loretta P. Higgins, soprano, has 
been singing in opera at Zurich. 

Harold Bauer, pianist, who has 
not played in Paris for 10 years, 
appeared there in a recital last 
week. Walter Rummel is in Lon- 
don for a month's concert season. 
Joseph Hollman has again taken up 
his residence In Paris. 


London, May 31. 

"Decameron Nights," at the New 
Drury Lane, does not end this week, 
as reported, but there will be 
changes in the cast. 

Willette Kershaw retires from the 
organization. Her place will be taken 
by Margaret Bannerman. 


London, May 31. 
White, Black and Useless, the 
American turn which opened a fort- 
night ago in Blackpool, has scored 
strongly. Last week it played New- 
castle and this week Is in Glasgow. 

J. J. Shubert Still on Continent 
London, May 31. 

J. J. Shubert Is still on the Conti- 
nent, presumably. At least, he has 
not returned to London and as far 
as known no hotel reservations have 
been made for him In the British 

Engaged for "Kitten." 

London, May 31. 
Arthur Hammersteln has engaged 
George Hassel by cable to appear in 
"The Blue Kitten" in the States. 

Alan Brooks Booked by Stoll 
London, May 31. 
Alan Brooks, who opened here for 
Stoll "to show" has now been 
booked for the whole tour. 


Paris.'May 20. 

The American conservatory of 
music at Fontainbleau will open 
again this summer. The first con- 
tingent of students is due at the 
end of June, the first list already 
containing SO names. 

I '.iron Henri de .".othsehiM. who 
now controls the Theatre Antolne. 
has acquired the French rights of 
'The I*, it." which i< heing trans- 
lated for him l»y Pierre Resploux 
It is reported Gilbert Miller will 
( ome tv) Paris rj "ii if tor Ins return 
t.» tiii rope to produce 'The dat" it 
the Theatre Antolne, where "The 
Sigh on the Doott" is also to he 
Riven next season by the same 



Berlin, May 13. 
At the Theatre am Nollendorf 
Platz, April 15, "People in Love" 
("Vcrllebt Leute"). by Herman Hal- 
ler and Rldeamus, music by Eduard 
Kuenneke, the authors of "Wenn 
Liebe Erwacht" and "Vetter aus 
Dingsda." The period of the action 
is 1818 in Charlottenbuerg, giving 
opportunity for Biedermeier cos- 
tumes. The leading figures are two 
young unmarried couples, Steffi, 
daughter of Regierungsrat von 
Ah if eld, and Leopold von Moe- 
bius, a young government clerk; 
Countess Ilsa and Heinz Von Neu- 
hoff, a young officer. General von 
Suwatscheff, Neuhoff's uncle, a 
suitor to llsa's hand, also plays a 

The plot of the operetta is so In- 
finitesimal as to defy analysis. The 
two couples are so evidently suited 
to each other from the very begln- 
ing and there arc no obstacles to 
keep them apart. Neuhoff is a little 
nervy in his manner of introduction, 
but one can see that Usa takes to 
him from the very start. 

A musical comedy libretto is sel- 
dom anything to rave over when the 
music is subtracted, butMt has never 
been our privilege to see one in which 
so little happened in so lengthy a 
time. The lyrics are quite another 
matter and maintain a high stand- 
ard of snap and punch. Kuenneke's 
score is his best since the "Vetter," 
Generally charming and happily or- 
chestrated, it hits three high spots — 
two duets for Steffi and Leopold, In 
the first and last acts, and a trio for 
Ilsa, Heinz and the General, in the 

The two best performances are the 
Leopold of Kugen Hex, combining 
comedy, personality and nice sing- 
ing, and Steffi of Ilsa Marwenga, 
who has been engaged by George 
McLellan for America. The remain- 
ing cast, which did competently, in- 
cluded Curt Lillen, Charlotte Boer- 
ner and Hellmut Neugebauer. In for 
a fair run. 

The first performance at the 
American theater. "The Easiest 
Way," bv Eugene Walter, took place 
April 29 at the Deutsches theatre, 
Berlin. The cast was composed of 
English -speaking professionals 

throughout: Stella Arbenlna, born 
of American parents In Russia, has 
a great reputation there and is now 
well known in Berlin for her work 
at the Kampaerspiele. She was the 
Laura; Arnold Korff, the Brockton, 
also American by birth, Is a distin- 
guished member of the Burg theater 
of Vienna; Charles Meredith, the 
Madison, needs no introduction to 
American film fans. The house was 
satisfactorily filled. The notices in 
the German papers were universally 
favorable to the acting if a little 
condescending toward the play; In 
short, the company may consider 
itself definitely established. As next 
production it has in view "Up in 
Mabel's Room," the rights of which 
they received, along with all the 
other Woods' shows, from A. H. 
himself during his stay in the Ger- 
man capital lately. They also have 
added Frank Conroy, late of "Daddy's 
Gone a-Huntlng," to their roster, 
but still have room for well-known 
American players who are vacation- 
ing it through Europe. 

To give more specific examples of 
the newspaper comment: Tho Ber- 
linger "Tageblatt," after speaking of 
Laura as the most real character of 
the piece, said that It was splendidly 
played, and named the complete 
cast — quite a tribute in Germany, 
the land of the repertoire company. 
The "Deutsche Allgomeino Zcltung" 
and "8 Uhr Abend Blatl ' spoke 
much In tho same tone, while the 
"Boersen Courier" especially feat- 
ured the playing of young Melba 
Melslng and Claire Keats as Elfle 
and Annie. T-ho only really unfa- 
vorable notice was from Monty 
Jacobs of the "Vosslche Zeltung," 
who often admits his knowledge of 
English, but who, leaving the thea- 
tre after the second act, left It with 
the impression that he had attended 
a British drama. Would It be very 
rude to suggest that perhaps said 
Jacobs is a little overoptlmlstlc 
about his much-boasted bilingual- 

At the Berliner theatre, under the 
summer direction of Walter Brom- 
me, "Madam Flirt," an operetta by 
Okonkowski and Steinberg, music 
by Bromme himself. The libretto 
concerns itself with the wife of a 
Brazilian diamond king who has 
married the old fossil for his 
money. As chauffeur she has an 
jprvi»rnitn count whom «he trontM 
like a dog until she finds out his 
real station in life, when she finds 
that she has loved him madly all 
along, and forthwith divorces her 
h us b an d. In the last net, to secure 
a pass for Germany, she plays the 
part of a toUgh English chorus girl. 
A generally feeble and humorless 
effort. Rromme'il music is some- 
what letter, but overpretentious 
and reminiscent, The production is 
very lavish r>r these parts; in New 
YnrU ir would look like thirty cents. 
There is one Of those naked ballets 
that make one think oneself In I 
butcher shop funstocklnged legs 
are about as i timulating as a side 

of beef) and, by gosh, the chorus 
changes its costumes ulmost three 
times! Hildo Woerner plays the 
leading role as usual; as usual. 
Ferry Sikla as. tho diamond king 
does his best with a badly written 
part. Carl Bachmann, from Vienna, 
almost makes you think that he has 
material to work with, and that Is 
some achievement. If the backers 
got their money back, they should 
be well satisfied. 

April 15, at the KomUche Oper, 
under the direction of James Klein. 
"The Master of Montmartrc." The 
music is by Offenbach, but whether 
he would admit it or not is another 
question. The librettists, who «hall 
be nameless, have knocked together 
somo scenes which purport to be 
episodes from the life of the above 
composer, and set thereto, at every 
inopportune moment, melodies from 
his best works: "Tales of Hoff- 
mann." "Orpheus." "Paris Life." 
"Engagement by the Lantern." It 
was rather a dirty business, and tho 
w. k. composer did the w. k. turn 
in his grave. 

But the cast was excellent, in- 
cluding as it did Waldemar Staoge- 
mann of the Dresden Opera, Margit 
Suchy, Herbert Kieper and Hans 
Werder, and the scenery and stag- 
ing are above the average; so ttie 
evening is really far better than 
many now on view here. The man- 
agement has given out that the 
rights have been sold for America, 
and, although this seems unlikely, 
yet certainly there have been cases 
where less was received for money 

"The Two Nightingales," April 9, 
at the Walhalla theatre, under tho 
direction of Willy Bredschnelder. 
Tho libretto, by Leo Walter Stein, 
is well above the run: In a small 
country town at the beginning of 
the nineteenth century a traveling 
opera company appears, and the 
temperamental prima donna wins 
the heart of a newly-engaged youth 
of tho village. Tragedy is Immi- 
nent, but all is finally smooth again; 
he remains at home with his first 
love. The music Ib not without 
moments of much- charm, delicacy 
and humor, and the cast Is quite 
up to its opportunities. Especially 
to be mentioned are Cordy Milo- 
witsch and Alfred Laeutner. A suc- 
cess, by all tho omens. 

At tho Central theatre also a new 
operetta, the fifth within a week. 
This time it is called "The Girlies 
From Davos" (Die Maedels von Da- 
vos), and boasts a book by Buehlet 
and Halton, and music by Knopf 
It seems, to say the least, doubtful 
whether this piece will be sold to 
the U. 8., as the villains of the 
drama are two Americans, appar- 
ently the librettists' idea of typical 
Americans. It seems that a young 
Swiss inventor has perfected a bob- 
sled which will coast not only down 
hills but down mountains. By this 
ho saves from bankruptcy the fac- 
tory where he is employed. Help 
shall come from America, but when 
the American patent buyers arrive 
they appear to be the type who 
would rather steal the secret than 
pay for it. It looks bad. but for- 
tunately in the end American mate- 
rialism Is defeated and idealistic 
Europe Is left triumphant. Both 
wit and music are of the standard 
rubber stamp variety, nnd from tho 
general mediocrity of the perform- 
ance only the gaiety and the legs of 
Lilll Flohr remain. 


Jcssner gave last week. May 7, 
tho best performance of his whole 
season at the State Schauspielhaus. 
"Napoleon," by Grabbe. This drama, 
a German classic written in tho 
year 1840. seems on reading hardly 
worthy of revival, but Jessner made 
through his revolutionary staging a 
quite overwhelming evening out of 
it. The effect of tho scenery by 
Cesar Klein should not be forgotten, 
nor the acting of Dagny Servaes, 
Lothar Moot hoi, Fritz Hirsch. Ernst 
Gronau. Rudolf Forster and Leopold 
von Ledebur. A substantial success. 

Eugen Kloepfer has been at It 
Tgaln; In one week he created the 
leading role in two plays and di- 
rected one of them at the same 
time. The first ' as Hermann Babr's 
The Master" (known In New York 
through Daly's production), April 7 
at the Kammersplcle; this ho also 
directed and with care that nobody 
else In the cast should obscure his 
performance in the title role. The 
plav has aged little and made a 
good success. April 12 at the Leas- 
ing he was the Professor In a re- 
vival o' Hauptmann'i early comedy 
"College Crampton"; It Is now quite 
evident this is not one of the better 
works of this dramatist; a case of 
int.-iiectual cold feet changed a 
tragi -comedy into a sentimental 
farce. Only a fair success. As to 
Kloepfer's acting—well, there aro 
those that like that sort of thing. 

T1m« French Invasion still con- 

Unties: April 1 at the Theatre am 

Kucfuerstendamm, "Der Frechs- 

•i • h ... " by; April u, at 

(Continued on page 22 » 





Friday, June 2, 1922 




"Very Good Eddie" Given 
oners at Auburn 


Vaudeville Bookers Note Ease with Which Low 
Comedians Make Audiences Laugh — Roger Imhof 
Was First — Plenty Now — Burlesque Worried 


Circuit Manager's Son Saves Three 
From Drowning 

The day of the dress comic 
in vaudeville is fading, and an in- 
flux Of character comedians from 
burlesque and other fields are be- 
ing eagerly snapped up by the book- 
ing men. 

Among the recent new comers, 
most of whom qualify as low 
comedy and character acts, are 
"Sliding" Hilly Watson, Harry 
Steppe; Harry ("Zoup") Welch, 
Bert Lahr, Harry Welch, Lew Hil- 
ton, Harry "Dutch" Ward, Bobby 
Barry and Dick Lancaster, Collins 
and Pillard, "Rags" Murphy, 
Harry ("Hickey") Le Van and 
Glaire Levine, Al K. Hall, Jimmie 
Coughlan, Jess Wise and Patty 
Moore, McAllister and Shannon, Sid 
Gold and Bro., Max Kields and Anna 
Fink, Mildred Campbell, Joe Marks, REEN'S ALTMON ILES 

Los Angeles, May 21. 
Bodney Pantages, son of Alexan- 
der Pantages, a high school student 
of this city, became the idol of 
beach visitors at Santa Monica last 

week when he rescued two girls 
and a man from drowning, after 
they had traveled beyond the break- 
ers and were unable to swim back 
to shore. 

He brought the girls in on life 

Bert Yorks, Jack Pearl an<J. Ben 
Bart, and a host of others. 

The ease with whl low comedy 
acts have been cleaning up on the 
local vaudeville bills has convinced 
the bookers the public want this 
type of act in preference to the "re- 
vues" or the dressed "up comic. 

R.^er Imhoff started the invasion, 
jumping from burlesque into stan- 
dard vaudeville circles with his low 
comedy Irish characterization. Jack 
Conway, another Irish comedian 
from burlesque, followed. Solly 
Ward, now playing Sam Bernards 
role in "The Mu*ie Box," also 
hopped Into vaudeville from bur- 
lesque, making good instantly with 
his "dutch" character. 

Burlesque producers are reported 
as very much worried over the de- 
mand for their comedians by the 
vaudeville bookers, figuring that 
those who qualify and are not tied 
to burlesque contracts for next sea- 
won will elect to remain in the two 
and three a day, where the remu- 
neration is necessarily much higher. 
It will probably be the beginning 
of the long-term contracts for bur- 
lesquers, who are liable to be in de- 
mand after developing. 

Harry Brcen was arrested Thurs- 
day night, May 25, while playing an 
engagement at Hender. en's Coney 
Island. Detective Tom Smith, of the 
Coney Island Police force, arrived 
at the theatre with a warrant for 
the actor about 8.15 p. m. Alimony 
arrears were the trouble. 

Alex Weiss, manager of Hender- 
son's, prevailed upon the detective 
to allow Breen to conclude his per- 
formance at the night show before 
taking him into custody. After the 
performance Breen was admitted to 
bail of $500, furnished by Lem 
Blakeman, owner of the Parkway 
Restaurant, Coney Island. 

Breen was arraigned in the Coney 
Island District Court Friday morn- 
ing and adjusted the legal tangle. 


The final accounting of the estate 
left by the late Willie Weston has 
been approved by the Surrogate's 
Court in New York, and his widow, 
May Weston, as the administratrix, 
discharged from her duties as such. 

Mrs. Weston, who lives at 1 West 
83d street, New York, accounted in 
her statement for $800 in cash, de- 
posited in the Hudson Trust com- 
pany, which she stated was all her 
husband had left. Against the 
amount were liabilities of $875.50, 
all of which have been paid, ac- 
cording to the accounting. Mrs. 
Weston stated she had added $75.50 
from her own purse to settle out- 
standing obligations. Among these 
were claims from Campbell s under- 
taking parlors for casket and cutter 
case, $300; livery, $98; death no- 
tices, $15; receiving tomb, $45; 
flowers, $50; complete funeral ar- 
rangements, $112.50; attorney. $50: 
bond premium, $10; J. J. Koff, drug- 
gist, $20; Dr. Edward M. Coverton, 
$50; Dr. R. S. MacDonald, $125. 

In addition to his widow, Mr. 
Weston was survived by his mother, 
Rachel Levy, and seven brothers 
and sisters, all residing at 25 East 
98th street, excepting Gertie Wald- 
man, one of the sisters who lives 
at 1448 Sterling place, Brooklyn. The 
father of the deceased was living 
at his son's death, but has since 
passed away. 

Willie W r eston was about 35 years 
of age and a native of Paooklyn. 
He had been ill for about nine 
months previously. Known as one 
of the best character singers in 
vaudeville, he has taken to singing 

Owen Jones' Temporary Blindness 
Owen Jones, of the Keith Club 
department, was stricken blind 
Monday of this week at his home 
in New York City. 

Mr. Jones w^s leader of the Pal- 
ace, New York, orchestra during 
the musicians* strike. 

His physicians report that the 
blindness is from overwork 


(Continued from page 1) 
scurrilous for the mails and of that 
type generally discredited in better 

The book, which made its appear- 
ance in Hollywood last week, is said 
to be a vicious account of motion 
picture life and seems to have been 
written by somebody who knew 
every social detail of picture folk 
of the past four or five years. Many 
of the stories are branded as false- 
hoods; others are considered false 
in parts; none are considered even 
somewhat true. It is said by the 
persons who purchased the books 
that just so many were printed and 
were to have sold at 50 cents each, 
but that the call was so great that 
many buyers paid as high as $10 
for a single copy. 

The books are as scarce as ancient 
heirlooms and cannot be had today 
at any price. It is reported that all 
of the picture colony has glanced 
over its contents and the gossips 
are now in full bloom. 

The Hollywood Board of Trade is 
said to have started an investiga- 
tion regarding the publishers, but 
are known to have encountered an 
unconquerable gap because of the 
inability to locate the headquarters 
of "The Hollywood Publishing Com- 
pany," which company is said to 
have printed the books. It is now 
history that the company existed 
long enough to get out the first issue, 
which is said to have spilled every- 
thing and to have been so strong 
that a second publication of similar 
facts impossible. 

Nearly every known star is given 
a page or so in the booklet. Their 
intimate lives are made known, with 
their alleged domestic activities laid 
out bare. A number of prominent 
film folk who are known to be free 
of any scandal whatsoever are given 
prominence which, according to the 
postal authorities, will probably re- 
sult in libel suits. There are 225 
pages in the publication, covered 
with cloth and it bears a photo of 
Mephistopheles, a beautiful girl and 
a motion picture camera. 

So far nobody has lesrrned who the 
author is and it doean'C seem any 
one will. 

Auburn, May 29. 

Tht chapel of Auburn Prison was 
well filled last week when the Mu- 
tual Welfare League of the prison 
staged its semi-annual show to the 
public, "Very Good Eddie." The 
quality of the performance indicat- 
ed well that here is talent inside 
the walls which has made hundreds 
laugh on the professional stage. 

In the cast there were a few old- 
timers, men who have been in other 
Auburn Prison shows, bu* there 
were new faces also. The many 
transfers from Auburn Prison of 
recent months and the large in- 
flux of new convicts sent from Sing 
Sing were reflected in the changed 
make-up of cast. The Mutual Wel- 
fare League band added to the en- 

That the rare comedy and ap- 
pealing lines and situations of 
"Very Good Eddie" lost nothing 
through convict presentation, was 
indicated by the applause of the 
large audience. 


Chicago Agents Placing Soma 

Bookings — Tanguay Is 

Booked by Fine 


Joe Sullivan has brought togefner 
the original company, with Pat 
Booney, of his "Bings of Smoke" 
act. It reopens at the Talace, New 
York, next week, then goes to the 
Orpheum, Brooklyn, f or a week, 
with another month of playing 
around New York laid out for it. 

When the turn closed in Kansas 
City on the Orpheum route, through 
the Orpheum closing five or six 
houses before the "Smoke"' pro- 
duction could play them, it cost Sul- 
livan quite a bill to jump the 'oupe 
back to New York from that point, 
besides not allowing him time to 
get out on his investment. 

The Brooklyn Orpheum is heavily 
billing the "Bings," saying Pat Boo- 
ney will appear in every other act 
on the bill that week, besides fram- 
ing an afterpiece with all of the 
turns in on it. 

Chicago. May 31. 
Chicago hooking agents are plats 
ing a great deal of talent in leading 
picture houses, west of New York. 
Eva Tanguay has been booked ia 
Cleveland, Allen theatre, next week, 
by Jack Pine. Frisco played pic, 
ture houses last week and in Kansas 
City this week; dates arranged by 
the same agent. Joseph Sheehan, 
star of the opera organization bear, 
ing his name, is playing the Al. 
hambra, Milwaukee, this week, and 
goes to the Capitol, Jackson, Mich., 
and then to the Strand, Lansing, 
booked by C. L. Carrell. Jan Ru- 
bini, violinist, at the Chateau, Chi- 
cago, the last half of last week, at 
the Strand, Ft. Wayne, Ind., this 
week, and to the new Miller, 
Wichita, Kan., next week. 


Chicago, May 31. 

According to Judge Sabath of the 
Superior Court. Lou Goldberg, 
brother of Jack Goldberg, the New 
York agent, also an agent and ex- 
actor himself, will be minus a wife 
this week. 

This will be due to the petition 
filed by Hazel Green Bangster Gold- 
berg (Hfizel Green and her 5 H*»au 
Brummels), which alleges that two 
hours after her marriage to Lou in 
1912, his parents took him away 
from her and he has not lived with 
her since. 

Mrs. Goldberg was 15 years old 
and Goldberg 20 years old at the 
time of the marriage. 


Janet Martine, professionally 
known as "Janet of France," sailed 
Wednesday on the La France for a 
two months' visit with her mother 

nervous breakdown. The condition in Paris. Upon her return she will 
is not expected to be permanent. offer a new vaudeville act 


Max Hart was successful in his 
appeal to reduce his alimony obli- 
gations to Madge Fox Hart, the 
Appellate Division last Friday or- 
dering that the $200 weekly ali- 
mony be cut to $85, and the $1,500 
counsel cut in half. However, Hart 
still pays his wife, who is suing 
for an absolute divorce, $200 week- 
ly because he voluntarily, by prior 
agreement, gives her $115 weekly 
for separate maintena ice. 

The Appellate Division's opinion 
provides that if Hart defaults on 
the $115 voluntary payments, Mrs. 
Hart may again bring action for 
the $200 weekly alimony. 

after starting on 
15 as a dancer. 

the stage when 


The two-and-a-half-ycar-old son 
cf Fred Curtis was drowned May ?K 
at ^Greenwood Lake. N. Y. The 
« hild fell off the dock. It was but 
a few moments that bis disappear- 
ance was no' d. 

Curtis Is a booker in the New 
York Pantages office, where he re- 
turned last month. 




CHARLES AMBLER, Accompanist 

Playing B. F. KEITH'S THEATRES By Permission of C. B. DILLINGHAM 

This week (May 29), Keith's Orpheum, Brooklyn. Next Week (June 5), B. F. Keith s, 

Week of June 12, Maryland, Baltimore. Week of June 26, Keith's Talace, New York. 


(Continued from page 1) 
forming the consolidated committee 
cannot establish the machinery 
proposed for next season. 

One important change in the plan 
for a "Hays" or "Landis" to control 
or direct the activities of the pro- 
ducing managers was made. That 
was the withdrawal of the original 
resolution for a controller and its 
substitution of another. The new 
plan is that should an executive 
leader be secured, he is to function 
under the control of a board of 
directors, the directors to be chosen 
from among the managerial body. 
A meeting to act on the new reso- 
lution was set for the middle of 

The controller-directors idea may 
appeal more to the leading pro- 
ducers than the first plan appears 
to have done. More than one man- 
ager who ostensibly agreed to the 
original proposition that the P. M. 
A. needed a "leader" changed his 
mind between the annual meeting 
and that last week. Several were 
of the opinion it would be question- 
able economy to engage a man at 
$25,000 per year to make speeches. 
If that is to be the duties of the 
proposed leader, an individual 
might be secured who coul ' de- 
liver equally as well for $5,000. 

The idea of one producer was that 
unless the association could see its 
way clear to secure a powerful in- 
dividual such as could only be at- 
tracted by a salary approximating 
$100,000 yearly, the plan would car- 
ry little actual value. One man- 
ager is reported to have written 
the P. Iff. A. that if the organiza- 
tion believed it necessary to secure 
a man to tell him how to run his 
business it was time to withdraw. 
It is understood the most powerful 
producing firms are opposed to the 
controllership plan altogether. 

A delay on the P. M. A. attitude 
to the voluntary play censorship 
idea was forecast. That followed 
the surprising action of the chief 
magistrate against "The Hairy Ape." 
That the court merely acted on «■ 
complaint and quickly returned the 
manuscript to Arthur Hopkins, who 
produced the play,' takipg no action 
whatever, may have changed the 
situation again. Hopkins was of 
the P. M. A. censorship committee. 
His play actually benefited by the 
stir caused by the affair in the 

Efforts to make the censorship 
plan an actuality will be continued 
in light of the court of appeatf 
decision in "The Demi- Virgin" 
ease, wherein the power < f the 
license commissioner to close the- 
atres was denied, which bai Nl 
otticials to believe that unless » 
voluntary system is attained cen- 
sorship by statute might result. K 
is to avoid such legislative action 
that the voluntary plan wa« con- 
ceived. J 


rrfday, June 2, 1922 


— .-— 

: x 


Broadway Story Accounting for Behavior of Gold- 
wyn Issue — Company Seeks to Buy Sam Gold- 
wyn Out — Famous Goes to 87 

There were fresh developments 
galore in the amusement stocks over 

the holiday. 

A circumstantial story was spread 
around that the new Goldwyn Co. 
management had made a flat offer 
f 10 a share to Samuel Goldwyn 
for his stock in the company; that 
Goldwyn had declined to entertain 
the tender and the movement of 
the issue on the New York Curb 
hung on this circumstance. 

Famous Players moved up Mon- 
day under heavy trading (amount- 
ing to around 11,000 shares for the 
session) to a new high for nearly 
three years of 87%. It was the 
general gossip in market and trade 
circles that the old pool had been 
reorganized and was in the market 
In earnest to shove the stock well 

up. ± . 

Orpheum Gain* 

Orpheum made a splendid show- 
ing, getting back Monday to within 
a fraction of its old high and hold- 
ing its gain during the Wednesday 
trading. It appears that the new 
regime in Chicago is at work in a 
constructive way and its future pos- 
sibilities are being discounted. The 
daily turnover got back around 
normal, and the movement had the 
appearance of a substantial char- 
acter of strong buying. 

The improvement in the other 
amusement stocks was reflected 
necessarily in Loew, but there re- 
mains a wide division of opinion as 
to its future and as to what policies 
should be followed. There is a con- 
fusing assortment of circumstances 
surrounding Loew. One line of 
market argument tries to make it 
appear that the safe and forward- 
looking thing for Loew to do is to 
concentrate — for example to confine 
its operations east of Kansas City 
and thereby make its organization 
cohesive. The opposite view is that 
the strong element in Loew is the 
extent of its operations. The more 
houses it has on its books the more 
time it can offer acts and the great- 
er number of playing dates it can 
Offer to picture producers, a consid- 
eration that showed, but doesn't 
give Loew an advantage in buying 
material (vaudeville acts and film 

Figuring the Aliens 

Advocates of concentration point 
io the difficulties which lately have 
beset the Aliens, As long as the 
'Allen interests remained content to 
Operate In a modest way in Canada 
.they made money and the organiza- 
tion began to weaken only when 
it reached out too far. Probably the 
fcltter fight between Loew and the 
Allen in Cleveland contributed con- 
siderably to the weakening of the 
Dominion firm. Loew has on its 
hands a number of similar battles 
In other territories, particularly in 
the West. The question is whether 
the Allen difficulties will not spur 
on these other competitors to re- 
newed effort. One side of the argu- 
ment is that this added impetus to 
Jght will involve Loew in many dif- 
ficulties. The other side takes the 
▼iew that fighting in business profits 
nobody and trade rivalries always 
lead to compromise and amalgama- 

Commercial America is just now 
S the mlll8t ot a wave of mergers. 
!? irst it was the combination of 
several independent steels and 
others likely to come in. Oil. rail- 
road and tobacco interests are being 
more and more concentrated, so are 
several of the chain candy stores. 
« Loew and Loew's comptitors both 
Wse money in local fights the logi- 
*1 thing to do is to compromise' 
*°d get together. 

All these things are more or less 
-remote and concern only the funda- 
mentals of business. More imme- 
• jjiate in Its effect upon stock mar- 
Jet prices is the financial backing 
or. Loew and the possibilities of 
manipulation. Strong Wall Street 

interests are deeply Interested in 
■ L, °ew's nnrt *«,,««• «,.~.* — f i» #~- 

interests could retire without too 
heavy a loss. On this argument the 
failure of Loew to move far in 
either direction would indicate a 
favorable situation. Besides all of 
which the last two Loew state- 
ments have shown surprisingly well 
in liquidated bank loans to date 
and promise to clear up other obli- 
gations so that the company will be 
clear of outstanding paper by mid- 
July or thereabouts. 

Famous Players' Peak 

Famous Players suddenly took 
the aggressive on Saturday. After 
a long period of turnovers between 
2,500 to 5,000 shares a day. trading 
jumped to 13,000 shares in the Sat- 
urday half-session. For many rea- 
sons this was a remarkable cir- 
cumstance. Ordinarily the week- 
end is a time of cautious dealings, 
mostly of an evening-up character. 
The fact that Tuesday following 
was a holiday ought normally to 
have intensified this caution. When 
operations more than doubled, it 
was apparent that 'something was 
doing," and the Monday turnover 
(day before a holiday) reached 
11,000 emphasized the importance of 
the change, particularly when prices 
continued on the upgrade to a new 
high of I7H, the best in about three 

The explanation was that there 
had been a realignment in the pool. 
It is said the present personnel of 
the clique is the strongest so far, 
and it is intent upon driving 
Famous Players beyond 90 and pos- 
sibly to par. There was a slight 
setback on Wednesday, when a low 
of 85% was touched in the late 
morning on profit taking, but before 
the close prices stiffened. 

Beyond the surface story of an 
effort to acquire Samuel Goldwyn's 
stock at 10 the situation in that 
issue is full of surmise and guess- 
ing. Jn all likelihood there is some 
personal bitterness between the for- 
mer president of the company and 
its present management. Since 
Goldwyn has. according to gossip, 
refused to sell his holdings at 10, 
the situation then becomes one of 
a business maneuver, the company 
management seeking to force Gold- 
wyn's hand and Goldwyn playing a 
waiting game, probably figuring 
that by holding out he could delay 
the consummation of the Goldwyn- 
First\National deal and thus force 
a better offer than 10. It then be- 
comes a test of endurance between 
the contenders. How this figures In 
price movements Is a matter of 
speculation, everybody "rolling hla 
own." Monday the stock broke be- 
low 8 for the first time in weeks, 
but recovered to the old level of 
8 ft at the close. 

None of the other curb stocks 
came out. 

The nummary of transactions May 20 to 

May 31 Inclusive are as follows:— 


Thursday— Pales. Hiffh.Low I-nrt. Chg. 
Fam. Play.-L.. 3.400 83 82% 82% - ft 

Do. pf... 300 95% 95% 9ft% + % 

Loew. Inc. 1.100 10% 10% 10% - % 

Orpheum 200 20 20 20 —3% 

BostOfl sold GO Orpheum at 20%. 

Fam. "Play.-L.. B.900 84% 83% 84 +1% 

L0«W, Inc. 1.500 17 10% !•% + % 

Orpheum 100 20 20 20 

Fam." na y y""-L..l2.8O0 80 84% 85% -H% 

Do. pf... 200 05% 95% 96% +% 

Loew, inc 1.100 10% 10% 10% + % 

Orpheum 000 19% 19% li>% -% 

Jlonday— „„,, , ... 

Fam. IMay.-L.. 11.100 87% 85% 80% +1% 

Do. pf 400 90 90% 90 f % 

Loew, Inc 1,000 17 17 17 + % 

Orpheum \m 20V 4 !!►% 20% +% 

Hoston sold 50 Orpheum at 19%. 

Tuesday— / 


Fam. IMay.-L 




Meaning, be not overanxious, be 
note diroly apprehensive, be not 
.t f raid of what tomorrow may bring 
forth — provided you do your very 
best each day to help tomorrow to 
bring favorable developments — and 




TALK No. 24 


Was Former Vaudeville Agent — In 
Trouble Before 

Paul Allen, iormer email-time 
vaudeville agent in New York, was 
arrested last week when it was al- 
leged he attempted to pass a forged 
check In a Broadway bank. Allen 
disappeared some months ago, at 
which time he was accused of ob- 
taining money under false pre- 
tenses. By means of a phoney 
contract for the Pantages circuit, 
Allen is alleged to have secured $500 
from a woman single act as advance 

Allen was reported in trouble in 
Chicago shortly afterward, but 
friends here intervened in his be- 
half. Recently his brother. Jack 
Allen, brought him east and In- 
stalled him as manager of a house 
in Perth Amboy, N. J. Paul's in- 
structions were to deposit surplus 
receipts of the house in the local 
bank and mail the deposit slip each 
night Jack Allen, after several 
weeks, visited Perth Amboy and 
called at the bank for the balance. 
There he was informed only one 
deposit had been made by Paul. 
The other duplicate deposit slips 
shown to bank officials were de- 
clared forgeries. It appears that 
after the first receipt, the brother 
had made a rubber stamp, dupli- 
cating the receipt stamp of the 
bank, and then made out "mind de- 
posit" Blips, which he sent to Jack. 

Allen had decamped from the 
town, but was picked up In New 
York after a warning had been sent 

Tuesday Allen, who was held at 
the west side Jail, was released un- 
der $1,000 bail His case is due for 
hearing today (Friday). 


Vaudevillians Compose Traveling 
Organizations Over the Shubert 

4. GOO sen MM M — "ft 

«** BR* — % 
]<v* 16% — % 



■ and must support it for 

own protection. If these inter- 
JrJ Wor e dissatisfied to the point 
j» • wanting to get out of tho enter- 
prise the. mos^ likely thing to hap- 

thn ?° Uld be ^ campaign to send 
no "lock up t^a level where these 

Do. pf WW M 

r.ocw. Inc 1.4U0 17 

nrphcum 600 20% 1W 


Thursday— Sale*. HlKh. Low /Mst 
Goldwyn 2,000 8% 

Goldwyn 2.200 6\ 

Goldwyn 1.R0O 8% 

Mondn v— 

Goldwyn 1*00 8\4 


Goldwyn S.200 8 * 8 



- % 



fl'4 - % 




Spanish Singer for Vaudeville Tour 
Jose Morlche, a Spanish tenor 
who has achieved great success in 
tho Lat in -American countries, par- 
ticularly Mexico, has been signed 
for a tour of Keith vaudeville next 

A vaudeville road show under the 
management of Charles McDonald 
and headed by Princess Zuleka, a 
mind reader, has been organized 
for a tour of independent vaudeville 
houses, to be played on a percent- 
age basis. 

The company includes Jim and 
Betty Page, Mallen and Clark and 
Marie Clarke and Sophie Wilson. 
The company was schcduulcd to 
open Thursday at the South Broad 
Street theatre, Trenton. 

Billy and Cora Monohan are or- 
ganizing a vaudeville road show to 
play on tho co-operative plan. The 
company will play one and two- 
night stands in sui lmer resort 
towns, starting in the Catskills. 


George Robinson, manager of the 
Brighton theatre, Coney Island, has 
taken over the building adjoining 
the theatre on tho right, formerly 
occupied as a restaurant by Hcversi 
& Keisenweber, and other catering 
concerns. He will operate it as a 
bathing pavilion. The bathing pa- 
vilion will be ready for business 
about .June 15. 

Miss MacDonough's Final Decree 
Ethel MacDonough- received her 
final decree of divorce fr^j C. P. 
Stockhtuse la*t week. The action 
i\a* heard last October, the nctross 
waiving alimony and asking for the 
restoration of hor madden name 
which the court granted. 

Keith's Livened Up Last Week — Booked 20 Acts, 
All Comedy — Big and Small Remember Conges- 
tion of Last Season 

A survey of vaudeville booking 

conditions discloses most of the 

circuits proceeding very cautiously 

in routing acts for next season. 

There are several reasons for this 
condition, some affecting one cir- 
cuit and not applying to the other, 
and vice versa. 

In the Keith office about one-half 
of the acts usually routed ahead by 
June 1 are booked. The greater 
part of the turns routed by the 
Keith people are the smaller acts, 
those taking the second, third and 
opening and closing spots on the 
bill. Very few headliners have been 
engaged for next season by the 
Keith people, aside from those list- 
ed as ofllce acts and under threo- 
year contracts with Keith's. 

One of the most important reasons 
why the bigger acts are not booked 
ahead by the Keith people is that 
a general request for salary cuts 
have been made to most of them 
by the Keith agents, and in other 
instances headline turns asking for 
an increase have been turned down. 
Another reason in the Keith offices 
is that the bookers, remembering 
the congestion that obtained all 
last season, want to avoid a repeti- 
tion of that condition next season, 
and are exercising extreme care in 
the number of acts selected. 

The ' booking meetings of the 
Keith people are held regularly 
every Thursday and acts submit- 
ted by the agents, but the booking 
managers appear to be taking plenty 
of time in making decisions. 

Bookings ahead by the Orpheum 
circuit appear to be normal for this 

time of the year, the usual quota 
of acts having been routed. The 
Orpheum circuit, through its houses 
being in the far west mostly. It 
appears, cannot afford to take 
chances in securing desirable ma- 
terial, if waiting too far into the 
summer to make their bookings. 

Among the acts routed for the 
Orpheum circuit for next season are 
Henry Santrey and Band, Robert 
Pandur, Harry and Anna Seymour, 
Jessie Busley, Claude and Fannie 
Usher, Dave Roth, Mildred Harris, 
Jean Grancse. Hyams and Mcln- 
tyre, SIgnor Friscoe, Lillian Leltzol 
and Moran and Mack. 

The Loew people are also pro- 
ceeding slowly with next season's 
bookings, through the congestion 
that also existed in the" Loew book- 
ings throughout last season. 

The Keith office Issued about 20 
routes last week, mostly to comedy 
acts. Previous to this, tho office 
has less acts on its books for next 
season than ever before at this time 
of the year. 

A few weeks ago, It .r&a reported 
the Keith people were slow in issu- 
ing routes, but that comedy acts in 
"one" were In demand. The last 
batch of routes Issued seems to ver- 
ify this report 

The word has gone out that the 
Keith people are not encouraging 
the large producers to any lavish 
expenditures for the revue type of 
act for next season. Booking men 
se to think the office will be more 
Inclined to buy comedy turns. It la 
the prevailing opinion In booking 
circles the public has been surfeited 
with the "revue." 






Next Week (June 2) 
Direction: LEWIS * GORDON 


Markus Booking Over 8ummer for 
Former Keith's, Atlantic City 

The Garden Pier theatre (former- 
ly Keith's) Atlantic City, under the 
management of the Progressive 
Amusement Co., of which J. A. 
Waxman is general manager, will 
install vaudeville for the summer, 
commencing June 24. The pier the- 
atre will play a two-a-day full- 
week policy, booked by Fally Mar- 

Tho house played Keith vaude- 
ville for several seasons, the Keith 
leaso (held by the Stanley Co.), ex- 
piring at tho time the house was 
purchased by its present owners. 


Walter Duchl, who has been at 
Saranac Lake, N. Y., was reported 
dying Wednesday. He had been un- 
conscious several days, Duehl went 
to tho mountain resort six months 
ago in an effort to allay tubercu- 
losis. Ho was formerly manager of 
tho Wilson Avenue theatre, Chicago, 
but camo to New York several years 


Cincinnati Girl Brings 8uit for 
$7,500 Against Palace 

Cincinnati, May 31. 

As a sequel to the row between 

Bill Dooley, comedian at the 

Palace, and three girls in the 

audience last week, Margaret 

Plucker, aged 20, of 4204 34th street, 

Oakley, a Cincinnati suburb, filed 
suit for $7,500 damages against the 
Palace Amusement Co., declaring 
she was one of the trio and alleg- 
ing that she was ejected by two 
ushers. The "humiliation," accord- 
ing to Miss Plucker, has made her 
exceedingly nervous and her repu- 
tation and character has been 

Dooley said the girls annoyed him 
l»y laughing almost continuously 
during his act, and at the wrong 
time. Miss Plucker charged that the 
ushers threatened to have her ar- 
rested. While walking out of the 
theatre, she asserts, she fainted and 
was unconscious half an hour. 
Dooley did not complete his week's 
engagement at the 1 'a lacs. i 


Friday, June 2, 1822 


Several Acts Charge Northwestern Managers Did Not 
Honor Play or Pay Contracts — Booked by Mor- 
ganstern in Chicago 


I. A. T. S. E. Convention 

Refers Matters of Policy 

to Executive Board 

A communication received by Va- 
riety stated that through an edi- 
torial in this paper on May 19, 
headed "Damages by Cancellation," 
several acts suffering what they al- 
lege to have been an unjust can- 
cellation by Finklestein & Ruben of 
Minneapolis and St. Paul, prompted 
them to write the letter. 

Finklestein & Ruben play vaude- 
ville In the two cities, booked by 
their representative, Charles W. 
Morganstern, in the western book- 
ing agency of Shubert vaudeville, 
In Chicago. Morganstern issued 
the acts pay-or-play contracts for 
two full weeks for the firm, one 
week to be played in each of the 

The letter charges the acts were 
to have played May 7 week i 1 Min- 
neapolis and the following week in 
St. Paul. It states the acts opened 
May 7 at Minneapolis; that Man- 
ager Hooley of Finklestein & Ru- 
ben's Palace, St. Paul, went over to 
Minneapolis to see the bill, and 
after seeing the performance can- 
celed three of the acts. 

The acts also claim that at Hoo- 
ley's suggestion, Finklestsein & 
Ruben immediately held a meeting 
At which it was decided to go into 
a split week policy at both houses. 
This was done, says the letter, 
without any effort on the part of 
the firm or Morganstern to protect 
the acts holding the play -or- pay 
contracts for full weeks. 

A complaint was registered, it Is 
said, but up to the date of the let- 
ter (May 27) nothing had been 
heard about it. 

The names of the acts holding 
play-or-pay contracts and that did 
play St. Paul are given as Bel- 
mont's Mannikins, Prof. Armand 
("Fall of Rheims"), Urownstore, 
Doherty and Shone, Jack Levy's 
Orchestra, Ray Conklin, Noble and 
Brooks, Hite and Kettow, Rocco 


Dancers Cancel Palace When Band 
Is Left Out of Act 

Hackett and Delmar failed to 
open at the Palace this week, though 
conspicuously billed. Through 
misunderstanding or a change of 
plans in the booking office, the new 
turn was billed without its band, 
the Syncopated Serenaders, and o.i 
inquiry they were informed that the 
salary set was with a view of their 
playing without the band. 

Contracts with the musicians made 
this impractical, and the dancers 


Vaudeville Before Nine O'clock 

When Pictures Are 



Montreal, May 31. 

A dispatch from Ottawa says: 

'Judgment in a mortgage action 
brottght some time ago by the Bry- 
fion Estate Limited, against Loew's 
Ottawa Theatre Limited, was fore- 
closed at the court house." 

The amount of principal owing to 
the Bryson Estate Limited, was 
shown to be $150,000 and unpaid 
Interest $4,500. The foreclosure was 
signed by John Bishop, K. C, the 
local master. Though the mortgage 
has been legally foreclosed, the 
thea'.re interests still have five or 
six weeks' grace In which they can 
redeem the mor'gage. 

T. C. Bate, vice-president of the 
theatre company, which is a Canad- 
ian corporation, stated that at * 
present he was in a position to 
make any statement in regard to 
the foreclosure, and said that he 
would have to await further in- 
structions from Montreal. 

Local airdrome owners in several 
instances have installed stages for 
the purpose of playing vaudeville 
in conjunction with their picture 
policy during the summer. 

A number of open-air theatres 
have been forced to remain closed, 
duo to the daylight saving laws, 
which make it impossible to show 
pictures before nine o'clock. In 
several vaudeville is played the 
early part of the evening, the acts 
not being affected by daylight. 

By the time the vaudeville por- 
tion of the bill Is completed it is 
sufficiently dark to show pictures. 


The suit of Sam Bernstein 
against "Paddy" McMahon, the New 
Britai Conn., theatre owner, for 
$2,400, salary claimed by Bernstein 
for booking McMahon's Keeney's 
theatre in that town, is on the cal- 
endar for hearing before the Su- 
preme Court, New York. McMahon 
was served in the action some time 
ago, though the case has been 
pending for nearly three years. 
Bernstein is represented by former 
Assemblyman Sensheimer. 


San Francisco, May 31. 
Pantages, Oakland, has eliminated 
the feature film from the regular 
program and is using short reel 
comedy instead. The continuous 
show policy also has been cut on 
Sundays and holidays. During the 
other days of the week one show 
is given in the afternoons and two 
at night. The fifth Sunday show 
has been cut out also from the San 
Francisco theatre. 

Chas. C. Shay was elected presi- 
dent of the International Alliance 
of Stage Employes and Moving Pic- 
ture Machine Operators last Friday 
at the twenty-sixth convention of 
the organization held in Cincinnati. 
Mr. Shay's only opponent for the 
executive office was James Lemke, 
who was a candidate for re-election. 
Shay's vote was about twice and 
one-half times as much as Lemke's. 

The only other change in the ex- 
ecutive officers was the election of 
E. J. Tierney, of Youngstown, as 
fifth vice-president. Tierney suc- 
ceeded H. C. Hollinger. Tierney was 
not opposed. Frank Lemaster was 
re-elected treasurer without op- 

This will make Shay's eighth term 
as president of the I. A. The elec- 
tion is for two years, expiring in 

All wage scab increases were re- 
ferred to the incoming executive 
board for action. Resolutions call- 
ing for increased pay ranging from 
10 to 25 per cent, for traveling stage 
carpenters, property men and elec- 
tricians were presented. Action will 
be taken on suel. matters during the 
week of June 8, in Cincinnati, the 
executive board of the I. A. meeting 
there while the American Federa- 
tion of Labor convention is in ses- 

Shay went on record in his ac- 
ceptance speech, and the convention 
endorsed his stand, that the I. A. 
would hold a pat hand at least as 
far r.s wages and conditions are con- 
cerned. This means no reduction 
for traveling crews that now re- 
ceive $62.50 weekly will be agreed 
to by tlie I. A. Tor next season. 

The election fight between Shay 
and Lemke was rated as the bitter- 
est in the history of the organiza- 
tion. At first it was thought'Lemke 
would withdraw, intimations to that 
effect having been made by the* 
Lemke backers. Lemke, however, if 
having any intention of withdraw- 
ing, changed fell mind and put up a 
stiff fight for the office. 


No Split Weeks, Juniors Routed With Big Time 
Orpheums — Juniors to Be More Small Timers — • 
3 Full Week Juniors on Big Time Shows 


Hip's Lease in Cleveland Goes 

Back to Keith's — Houses 

to Be on Big Time 


The Lafayette, Buffalo, playing a 
full week at 50 cents top is after 
name headliners. The house is 
booked by Wayne Christie of the 
Gus Sun, New Vork exchange, who 
has accepted Eva Tanguay for the 
Lafayette for the week of June 12. 
Miss Tanguay's salary will be $2,500. 

A deal was consummated this 
week between "Walter Reade 
(Rosenberg) and the Keith inter- 
ests whereby four Reade theatres 
will become Keith < ntrolled with 
Reade retaining an interest in each. 
The houses involved include the 
Hippodrome, Cleveland, at present 
playing Keith vaudeville, and which 
was to have gone over to Reads 
July 1. The Reade Hippodrome 
leaso has been purchased by the 
Keith interests. It is reported they 
will continue vaudeville in the 
house. According to the present 
plans, the present two-a-day policy 
will be moved to the new Keith 
house now under construction in 
Cleveland and a continuous policy 
installed at the Hippodrome. 

Tho other houses are the Capitol, 
Trenton, N. J., secured upon the 
completion of a merger of realty 
interests in that city last week; 
State, New Brunswick, N. J., and 
the Main Street, Asbury Park. The 
three Jersey houses at present play 
split week vaudeville independently 
booked. They will commence play- 
ing Keith shows June 12. Charles 
Bryant, general manager of .the 
Reade houses, will make his office 
in the Keith offices of the Palace 
Theatre building and book the 
newly acquired theatres. 

Reade has not disposed of his 
other houses in Asbury Park and 
Long Branch. 


The Fox theatres in the metropoli- 
tan district will remain open over 
the summer, with the exception of 
the Albemarle, Brooklyn, playing 
pictures, which closed Wednesday 
night. The Albe.narle's policy for 
next season is undecided. It may be 
pop vaudeville. 

Allen's Posthumous Daughter 

Mrs. Catherine Allen, widow of J. 
Harry Allen, the fair and circus 
agent who died suddenly in Balti- 
more of MphyxiatiOn a few months 
ago, beeume tin- mother of a daughter 
last week. Mrs. Allen is still run- 
ning her husband's booking busi- 
ness in the Astor Theatre building, 
having taken a partner. 

Allen's daughter, who returned to 
New York on her father's death, 
has quit the business and is in a 
commercial position. 



In her successful vaudeville act, 


Presented by LEWIS and GORDON. 

The Orpheum Circuit will have 
two distinct policies for its Orpheum 
and Junior Orpheum houses next 
season. The routes now being is- 
sued by the local Orpheum office do 
not include any Junior Orpheum 
split week houses, covering only 
solid week stands. The Hennepin, 
St. Paul; Main Street, Kansas City, 
and Golden Gate, San Francisco, all 
full week Juniors, are included in 
the main Orpheum routes. 

The split week houses are being 
booked out of Chicago almost ex- 
clusively, which indicates the calibre 
of the shows w'll be small time. 
Last season the Junior bills were on 
a par with the bills of the senior 
houses, most acts playing both. The 
lower admission prevailing at the 
Junior Orpheums in addition to the 
feature pictures being shown was 
said to have hurt business at some 
of the older big time stands. 

The New York office will continue 
to route the Orpheum Circuit and 
the three full weeks on the Junior 
list. Last season the routes con- 
tained big and splits alike. 


New Musicians' Recognized Local 
Moves Into Own Headquarters 

The Associated Musicians of 
Greater New York, Local No. 802 of 
the American Federation of Musi- 
cians, established itself in its new 
headquarters in the Fisk Building, 
57th street and Broadway, this 
week. In addition to administrative 
offices the new No. 802 quarters 
embrace an assembly hall and en- 
gagement exchange of some 8,000 
feet floor space. 

This means 802 has landed a re- 
taliatory blow of great strategic im- 
portance on the old local No. 310, 
which it succeeded as the New York 
local in the Ar. erican Federation of 
Musicians, when President Joseph 
N. Weber ousted the former 310 for 
insubordination. Heretofore, Local 
802 members were forced to utilize 
the 310 (M. M. P. U.) assembly hall 
or engagement exchange when seek- 
ing work. This made the M. If. P. 
U. building on 86th street a ren« 
dezvous, with the pick of New 
York'e musical talent congregating 
there daily. 

With their own assembly hall and 
engagement exchange, the 802 mem- 
bers will not now find it necessary 
to use the former 310 hall at all. 
This in turn probably means that a 
number of 802 members who have 
held membership in M. M. P. U, 
principally on account of the ad- 
vantages offered by tho engagement 
exchange will gradually drop out, 
with a large loss of membership 
apparently looming up for the 
M. M. P. IT. 


Keith's Royal's Manager 
Send-Off Banquet 


Al Darling, manager of Keith's 
Royal, New York city, is to be mar- 
ried some time next month. The 
fact leaked out when a "send-off" 
dinner was staged for the manager 
at the Hotel Commodore Wednes- 
day night. 

Nearly 1,000 citizens of the Bronx 
attended, among them Toastmaster 
Sheriff Edward Flynn, Billy Gibson 
and Benny Leonard. 

A silver service was presented to 
the guest of honor by his friends. 
Darling has been with the Keith 
forces for several years, acting in 
a managerial capacity. He formerly 
managed Keith's Colonial, trans- 
ferring to the Bronx house. 


Paul Whiteman's Band may play 
eight weeks at the Palace, New 
York, beginning July 17. The 
musician is asking $5,000 weekly for 
the summer engagement, it being 
planned to double the band into 
other metropolitan houses while the 
Palace run is on. _ 

If the bookings of the other houses 
can coincide with the Palace en- 
gagement, the turn will be routed 
this week. Whiteman is now at the 
Palais Royal, New York. 

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iday, June 2, 1922 



B. Cochran Negotiating — Original Production, 
Including Clark and McCullough Wanted for 
Oxford, London — Can Gross £3,000 ($14,000) 

Negotiations are on between 
Charles B. Cochran and Jean Bedini, 
with Albert de Courville acting for 
Cochrane, calling for the Bedini 
ihow "Chuckles of 1922," to be 
brought intact to London this sum- 
mer for a six-weeks' run at the Ox- 
ford The cable sent by de Cour- 
vil'e to M. S. Bentham outlining the 
London offer for the Bedini show 
calls for the original cast, incjuding 
Clark and McCullough. scenery, 
props, etc., to be sent over to Lon- 

The cable further states the ca- 
pacity of the Oxford permits of 
"Chuckles" playing to a gross of 
3 000 pounds a week, at popular 
prices. This would be about $14.0C0 
in American money. 

Bedid.'s reply is said t.; have 
asked for a guarantee of about 
$3,500 a week, with transportation 
both way-. It is understood the 
English manager is agreeable to 
paying the transportation, which 
would amount to some $15,000 to 
$18,000 for the round trip. 

Clark and McCullough are under 
contract to Sam Harris for the new 
Music Box show, with rehearsals 
probably starting around the middle 
of August. By making close con- 
nections Clark and McCullough 
could make the trip with the show 
between June 12 or thereabouts, 
play in London for six weeks and 
get back in New York in time for 
their Music Box rehearsals. 

The overseas engagement of 
"Chuckles" hangs on the question 
whether Cochran will agree to a 
guarantee, the matter to be settled 
quickly one way or the other. 

Should the "Chuckles" deal go 
through, it will mark the first time 
an American burlesque show has 
ever played in London. 


Will Operate on Franchise Con- 
trolled by P. 3. Clark Estate 
Maurice Kane, executive in the 
Hurtig & Seamon office and in 
charge of the firm's production en- 
terprises for several years, is to 
produce and operate a show en the 
Columbia wheel next season. 
Kane's show will be operated on the 
franchise controlled by the Peter 
8. Clark estate, on which Arthur 
Pearson played "Bits of Broadway" 
•n the Columbia circuit last season. 
The other franchise operated by 
Pearson, on which he played "Step 
Lively Girls" in partnership with 
George Jaffe last season, is con- 
trolled by Phil Sheridan. Jaffe 
bought out Pearson's interest in the 
fStep Lively Girls" toward the end 
•f last season, and through an ar- 
rangement with Phil Sheridan. Jaffe 
will operate the show Individually 
for the remaining two years of the 


Cleveland, May 31. 
Dolly Winters, show girl, appear- 
ing at the Star here, shot herself In 
oer room at the Hanna Hotel Fri- 
day evening. On her dresser was 
* note, addressed to "Lorrain." It 

"I have been planning this for 
Weeks. The road is too hard for 
»« to travel. Don't let me die a 
iS2 er ' Notif V Mrs. Louise Myfus, 
11829 Twelfth street. Detroit." 

She was taken to Lakeside Hos- 
pital, where it was found a bullet 
nad pierced her left side, narrow- 
V missing the heart. 

Police say she told them she bad 

£e.en twice married. Her first hus- 

jrand's name was Wintringham She 

obtained a divorce from him and 

carried John Tlppleton last Decern - 

Zii* s;iU1 sne had a ^'-'-year-old 
cnud living in Boyal Oaks, a suburb 
or Detroit. 

In an effort to save her life. 
Whence Satchel!* blackface com- 
b,*" 11 ! ,h< " star tW* v.<eu. nave Ins 

ood in ;i transfusion operation 

day nii-iu. 

Brooklyn Stock Winds Up 

vni H ° :)kms °n. in Hie Browns - 

' le section of Brooklyn. X. Y.. 

CJ burt «m«# stock for the list 

oul 'reeks, closed Saturday nighty 



Meeting Decided on Increase 

— Generally Attended 

by Members 

Latter Scheduled to Dissolve 

—New No. 2 With 20 

Weeks for Krauses 

The Burlesque Hooking Otflce cor- 
poration la scheduled to be dissolved 
within a week or two. This is the 
booking corporation formed to book 
shows in the houses that seceded 
from the American wheel when the 
spiit-up between that organization 
and the Columbia Amusement Co. 
happened during the middle of last 

That the 15. B. O. will pass does 
not mean there will not be a No. 2 
burlesque circuit next season. It il 
understood a coterie of burlesque 
men, headed by the Kraus brothers, 
who operate the Olympic, 14th street. 
New York, are lining uo a circuit 
of theatres that will embrace 20 
weeks, and will p'.ay burlesque at 
75 cents top. 

The general plan of the proposed 
No. 2 week will call for about 20 
shows, with each to play over the 
circuit twice in the season, with a 
change of bill for the return en- 

The cities that will be played will 
be in the east. 

The Star and Gayety. Brooklyn. 
will not be included in the proposed 
No. 2 wheel, as both houses were 
sub-let last week to Sam Raymond, 
representative for Mrs. Ren Kahn. 
and understood to be acting for the 
latter. The two Brooklyn bouses 
will play the same policy of stock 
burlesque that the late Ben Kahn 
played so successfully for a num- 
ber of years at the Union Square. 
New York. The Raymond sub -lease 
is for three years, Raymond taking 
over the three remaining years of 
the Columbia Amusement Co.'s 
lease of the houses from the Hyde 
& Behman interests. 

The proposed No. , 2, wheel 
sponsored by the Krauses will not 
play the semi-stock policy followed 
by the B. B. O., but will move the 
entire company from stand to stand 
weekly, including the choristers. 

The plan of keeping the same 
chorus girls at a given stand 
permanently as followed by the 
B. B. O. last season was not suc- 
cessful, audiences tiring of the same 

It is likely that another No. 2 
wheel will be organized in the west, 
with the shows of the eastern No. 2 

The playing terms of the Colum- 
bia Burlesque Circuit are to be 
given a general tilt upward in favor 
of the shows for next season. A 
joint meeting of producers, house 
owners and managers was held 
Wednesday, following which it was 
reported a 5 per cent, tilt in favor 
of the shows had been decided upon. 


May Produce "As You Were" for 
Burlesque — Bentham Interested 

E. Ray Goetz. the legitimate pro- 
ducer and husband of Irene Bor- 
doni, was reported as having been 
awarded a Columbia Circuit fran- 
chise, which he was to operate in 
conjunction with M. S. Bentham. 
Goetz, according to report, is to re- 
vive a burlesque version of "As 
You Were"' for the Columbia wheel. 


The annual oekholders' meeting 
of the American Burlesque circuit 
grill be held Friday. Election of 
:>ttlcers and other routine matters 
will be disposed of. 

It is understood the annual re- 
i. t by the olllcers to the stock- 
holders will have to be postponed. 
owing to the bankruptcy proceed- 
ings against the American circuit. 

The final hearing in the bank- 
ruptcy matter is scheduled for dune 
7 before ex -Judge Henry lie 



Dave Marion has engaged Dan 
Coleman as principal comic for one 
of the Marion Columbia shows next 
season. Coleman was with Harry 
Hastings for upwards of ten years, 
but did not play burlesque last sea- 

Marion has purchased the Zicgfeld 
"Follies 11)21" equipment and will 
use it for his Columbia shows next 

Anna Spiers Dies of Pneumonia 
Anna Spears, known in burlesque 
as a mem! vr of the chorus of a 
number of wheel shows, died last 
week in New York. Death w;is due 
to pneumonia. Daniel Lahy, her 
husband, survives. 

Burial was in Albany from the 
home of the uncle of the deceased. 


Albany, N. Y., May 31. 
A certificate to increase the capi- 
tal stock of the Columbia Amuse- 
ment Company from $250,000 to 
$500,000 was filed at the offlce of 
Secretary of State John J. Lyons 
this week by Attorney Leon Laski 
of 160 Broadway. New York City. 

Minsky's Change at Wintergarden 
Minsky's Wintergarden on Hous- 
ton street. New York, closed its 
stock burlesque season Saturday, 
and will reopen tomorrow (Satur- 
day) with an all-colored organiza- 
tion, headed by Creamer and Leigh- 
ton, in "Strut Miss Lizzie." 

Maxwell's Columbia Wheel Show 
Another name new to burlesque 
production was added to '.he list 
of Columbia wheel producers for 
next season, this week, when Joe 
Maxwell was awarded a show. 


Tony Sp.Ti?('Ui 

Null McHOOb 

IT. Tcllom 

So-vp Hru'lie 

Will IT. BtfOOd.., 

Tommy Trutt 

Im.i Pearli 

1'mcci1;i Seymour. 

Teaiie Swert 

(.'utie llol» Hon. . . 


. . .Frank Hunter 

, Lew Dean 

.CtiarJei Weston 
•George Nalmola 

Joe I.iUHC 

. .Prank YYtrano 
. . .Virginia Ware 
...Kitty Warren 

.It h.j e Kece 

. . . Jar<|iie Wilwtll 

The Olympic has assembled for 
this and next week an entirely new 
company, headed by Frank Hunter, 

Only one member remains from the 

original stock organisation, Vir- 
ginia Ware, who plays .» combina- 
tion of SOUbret and prima donna. 
It appears to be the policy of the 
house to keen away from the stock 
idea, to encourage frequent change 
of faces and titles. 

tfeemtngly the purpose is to re« 
t;tin the character of a theatre with 
weekly Change of bill. ><> that it will 
not settle down In the mind of the 
llth Street clientele it is a Mod! 
house. The management has gone 

so far as 10 give a preference , to 
chorus girls of distinctly stock* rx- 
lContiiLUjL-oL_oj' page -7> 


Lftdf Greon, leader of the Man Hater 

Club Pauline Harer 

Miss Gray, a member of the club 

Hattle Ueall 
Miss P.lue. also a member. Margie Pennltte 

Ilia* Love, a Hinger Rosa Rosollla 

Mr. (Jray. looking for hia wife 

Joe Cunningham 
Mr IJIup, also looking for hia wife.... 

Johnny Kane Souse, the new door tender.. Joe Hose 
Abe Cohen, always in wrong .Irving Lewis 

Stock burlesque is in its third 
week at the Irving Place, with busi- 
ness continually on the increase, ac- 
cording to Mike Kelly and other 
hOUSC attaches. 

The theatre is a bit out ot the 
way and will require considerable 
ballyhoolng to get them in. but once 
in they should get the habit. 

The entertainment Tuesday ran 
smoothly without any semblance of 
ad libbing. although the book has 
been changed each Monday. Joe 
Rose Is the producer and principal 
Rose is a favorite around llth street 
having been one of the principal 
comics at Kahn's Union Square for 
several seasons. The rest of the 
COmpahy include Pauline Harer. 
•oubrct; Hat tie Heal!, soubret-in- 
genue; Margie Pennltte, ingenue. 
and Rosa Itosellia, who possesses 

the voi •«■ Of the trOUPe. All Of the 
women Cap *ing and are loug on 
appearance The men include John- 
ny Kane, juvenile straight; Jnc 
Cunningham straight, and Irving 
Lewis, second comedian, in l He- 
brew character that Just about 
(Continued an page l'7> 


Jacking Up Producers — Asks and 
Answers Pertinent Question 

Sam Scribner sent a heavy bar- 
rage into the rail;* of the Colum- 
bia producers this week in the form 
of a circular letter which bluntly 
told the travelling producers many 
had kept business away from tho 
Columbia houses through the poor 
quality of shows presented. 

The letter in effect particularly 
mentioned tho practice of some of 
the road producers putting on old 
and stereotyped bits season after 
season. The letter further states 
the burlesque goer is "wise" and 
cannot be kidded any longer, the re- 
sults of last season proving that. 

•'Why did one show average $7,000 
a week and another average but 
$1,000 a week on the season last 
year with both shows playing the 
same houses?" the letter queries. 
The answer follows and say. "Be- 
cause one company gave a good en- 
tertainment and the other show was 
not good." 

The Scribner letter carries the 
usual post -season warning that if 
the : hows are i ot up to standard 
they will be thrown out. 


Mrs. Beatrice Jones, 22, Keeps 

Things Moving — Escapes 

Into Canada 


Broadway's Burlesque House 

Will Reopen with the 

New Season 




Tour Columbia wheel shows 
house.; playing list week, and 
tWO the current week. "Tit 
rat," at the Columbia, New York. 
/ast wecU, d'd very poorly, gross- 
ing about $4,500. The matinees were 
especially lad. due to baseball and 
shore resorts opposition. The show 
itself was not rated above pass- 
able, which, with the weather and 
competition, tended to depress at- 
tendance. The Columbia, New York. 
Is dark this week and will not re- 
open until September, when 
regular wheel season Starts. 

Barney Gerard's "Follies of 

Day. ' in its second week at 
Gayety, Boston, got slightly 
$7,500. This was a drop of Point, N. Y. May 31. 
State troopari and other police 
Officials in this section are seeking 
Mrs. Beatrice Jones, 22 years old. a 
former burlesque chorus girl, who 
escaped from police custody near 
here. The girl is reported to be 
the illegitimate daughter of un Ital- 
ian count and has a lengthy police 
record. She has earned the sobri- 
quet of "the female Raffles" by her 
daring exploits. 

Mrs. Jones was in the custody of 
the police on a train near Laconia 
on the way to Albion to serve a 
three -year sentence, and made a 
spectacular escape in a motor car, 
which, driven by a male accomplice, 
had followed the train from Malone. 
The escape, in itself, was startling;, 
but the police were amazed when 
they learned that, while they were 
watching the State roads in other 
sections, the former show girl had 
broken through a network of State 
troopers long enough to return to 
a Malone hotel and hand back to a 
waitress a curling iron and some 

I money she had borrowed. 

Receiving a tip that Mrs. Jones 

j was in Malone, the State troopers 
dashed in post haste to the hotel 
where she had stopped, but arrived 
'on late. As a matter of fact, the 
State policemen reached the scene 

waving her hand 
the auto of her 
away toward the 

just as the girl, 
at them from 
friend, speeded 
Canadian line. 

The girl and a 
name of Charles 






$'i00 under the first week. The 
Gerard gross is considered good for 
the season of the ye ir and condi- 
tions. The Gerard otnee conducted 
an extra publicity campaign during 
the week and will continue as long 
as the show remains. It helped 
business considerably. 

Bedinis "Chuckles of 1922" at the 
Empire, Newark, last week, did 
about $6,500. "Chuckles" is under- 
lined in the Boston, Gayety, news- 
paper billing as "coming," but no 
date is mentioned. The Gerard 
show is at the Gayety this week. 
It3 continuance depends on busi- 

'immie Cooper's show at Hurtig 
& Seamon's got about $4,000 last 
week. The Cooper show and "Tit 
for Tat ' have closed f ?r the season. 
"Chuckles" is at Hurtig & Seamon's 
this week. 

man who gave the 
Brennan were ar- 
rested after the pair had engaged In 
a boisterous street argument which 
terminated in blows. Mrs. Jones, 
because of having a police record, it 
was said, received a three-year sen- 
tence, while Brennan drew a fine. 
Brennan feigned hostility to the ex- 
chorister and offered to expiate her 
delivery to the penal Institution by 
driving her. in company with a 
policeman, to Malone in his car. 
where she was to meet a marshal 
from tbe Athlon jail. When the 
train pulled out of Malone he fol- 
lowed in the machine until, at La- 
conia. Mrs. Jones jumped from a 
window of the train and escaped 
with him In his high-powered car. 
The pair figured in skirmishes 
with police in Adirondack towns, 
and the local police exchanged shots 
with them as they sped through 
Rouses Point. It is believed the 
couple are safe over the Canadian 

Burlesque Club's Annual Election 

The annual election of officers of 
the Burlesque club was held yester- 
day (June 1). The present incum- 
bents are I. H. Herk, president; 
James Cooper, vice president; E. 
Thomas Beatty, secretary. m he lat- 
ter is filling out the term of the 
late Ben Kahn. 


The stock cast headed by Harry 
Steppe and Harry O'Neal closed nt 
the Olympic, New York, Saturday 
after a four weeks' run. The new 
cast which opened Monday includes 
Frankie Hunter, Lew Dean and 
several other Columbia wheel 

The Olympic will try for an nil 
summer run this season, with ■ 
change of people every third or 
fourth week. 

Thrown by Street Car Into Auto 
Frank (Bud) Williamson (bur- 
lesque) was struck by an Kighth 
avenue street car May 25 and cata- 
pulted into an auto. He was moved 
to the Flower hospital, where an 
examination found his injuries to 
be painful, but not serious. 



l)id you t'ver see an act that you would really LIKE to give a cort- to? Well we have JUST that kind of an act-ask Leo Fitzgerald 
of the Marinelli ofhec. 

Wc- cordially invite all mat lagers to s«><' pur n't at MOSS* Franklin, 
New Stork, this week (juiic i-i>. 


I lllll t 

Friday, June 2, 1922 


St. Louis, May 31. 

Strict adherence to a policy that 
Invites complimentary credentials 
from public official! and the police, 
instead of interference for misuse 
of the name 'carnival," Wortham's 
World's Beet Shows easily displays 
to the visitor why it how a rating 
of being ono of the strongest and 
most satisfactorily arrayed outfits 
under its system of management. 

Under the auspices of the Ameri- 
can Legion, Wortham's 30-car show, 
involving 450 people, is holding 
sway here for two weeks. The 
crowds in attendance indicate the 
public has a tip-off as to what car- 
nivals are worth witnessing. Auto- 
mobile visitors proved beyond any 
doubt that Wortham's clean adver- 
tising, supported by clean offerings, 
makes the caliber of 'draws" that 
decent people will Hock to. if the 
proper trademark is floated. 
Wortham's outfit has this, and 
keen observers probably became 
acquainted with the trademark by 
exactly the same atmosphere which 
predominated when the writer paid 
this carnival an unexpected visit: 
It was an atmosphere that boasted 
©f "cleanliness" and an entire ab- 
sence of an 'air" of "come-on." 

Fred Beckman directs as man- 
ager, and the machinelike manner 
in which matters needing attention 
are adjusted gave the visitor only 
the thought that the executive work 
of this outfit is efficient, as the 
result of having been oiled with 
common sense and desire to hold 
aloft the good name of "carnival." 
Beverly White attends to the press 

Stepping on the grounds, one la 
impressed with the cleanliness of all 
stands, booths and the dress ap- 
pearance of the concession directors 
and the ballyhoos. There are two 
merry-go-rounds, three abreast, all 
freshly painted; two ferris wheels, 
a whip and seaplane for rides. They 
have such places as "Noah's Ark," 
"Room 202" (trick house), another 
trick house called "The Jazzer" and 
one called "Over the Falls." The 
shows comprise a pit, with various 
animals and reptiles. There is an- 
other entertainment called "Mamie," 
which is a girl show, a musical 
comedy, with eight women appear- 
ing on the stage, strongly directed 
to refrain from all risque work, and 
the show "plays" on its merit as a 
perfectly clean attraction. Five 
minutes of an open-air ballyhoo is 
done for "Mamie.* In brief, it is 
a small time musical comedy. The 
whole Idea should bo a lesson to 
those who claim «uch a girl show 
cannot bo made a success without 
hip movements and the like. 

The girls do not mingle with the 
patrons, but immediately after the 
open-air ballyhoo walk through a 
side entrance to tents that lead to 
the stage and go right into their 

A monkey circus is put on in the 
form of a pit, with at least 65 mon- 
keys on display, with 30 of them 
actually working. The usual monkey 
stunts ate done, the monkey band, 


The auto drome makes a tremen- 
dous appeal to the young and old, 
and especially so to the mechani- 
cally inclined. A pcrpendiclar circle, 
40 feet high, is used for the actual 
riding, the riding being done by two 
men and two women in miniature 
automobiles and regulation motor- 

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Another pit show Is "Dido Park" 
and the "White Mice Palace." Dido 
Bark is an entire amusement park 
layed out in miniature mechanical 
form, while the White Mice Palace 
jue real white mice going through 
various paces. A magic show with 
14 people, showing various illusions, 
mind reading, answering of ques- 
tions, etc., served as another time 

The biggest attraction on the 
ground is probably a pit show of 
freaks, conducted by Myer Myers, 
featuring the Hilton Sisters, the 
grown-together twins. The girls 
are not exhibited as a monstrosity, 
but more on the order of a human 
curiosity. The girls are about 16 
years old, and for their exhibition 
run a string of cockatoos through 
various tricks. Other attractions in 
this side show are a glass-blowing 
exhibition and an Indian clay 
jnolder, a colored armless boy, who 
docs free-hand drawing with his 
t. . t, a mind-reading act and a rub- 
ber skin man. 

In point of size a diving exhibition 
■with five girls and ten seals is prob- 
ably the biggest thing on the ground. 
This show also makes an outdoor 
ballyhoo, with tho girls dressed in 
oiio-piceo bathing suits, but stand- 
ing absolutely rigid during the hal- 
lyhOO, after which they go through 
tlxir various exhibition of diving 
tricks. This show would make a 
corking good feature for big-time 
vaudeville, with tho girls and the 
seals working in one tank. An act 
Similar to this was shown, though 
not on such a pretentious basis, by 
Captain Winton somo years ago on 
the big time. The main tent feat- 
ures a wild animal exhibition, with 
four lions that are handled in show- 
man-hip stylo. The show Itself con- 
sists of an act of wire-walking, Jug- 
gling, high-school horses and such. 

with a 12-piccc band for good meas- 

A war exhibition, showing various 
trophies of the World's War, has a 
free gate, with various souvenirs for 

The concessions are run without 
any grift. All running under the 
term of "Merchandise Wheels," and 
exhibiting such things as canary 
birds In cages, beaded bags, Indian 
blankets, Japanese baskets, dolls, 
hams, bacons and market baskets 
filled with merchandise. It is im- 
possible to play for money, each per- 
son paying their 10 cents receiving 
something in return, either a small 
package of candy or a few sticks of 
gum. No buy back is permitted, 
and no percentage wheels operated. 
Anyone is privileged to turn the 
wheels, and it is not at all neces- 
sary to run crooked wheels, as, if 
every number is played, enough is 
grossed to give the concessionaire 
a fair profit on each spin. If all the 
numbers are not played, the conces- 
sionaire has the same chance of 
having the numbers not played turn 
up as the numbers sold. 

There are also no games of skill, 
where the percentage is so great it is 
almost an impossibility to win. In 
the language of the carnival people, 
"no gaffs or hold outs." Every ven- 
dor working a wheel was cleanly 
dressed, presentable, never facetious 
or bold, and showed extreme courtesy 
to the patrons. They all cried their 
wares and made a bid to the passing 
people, but no one was pulled off the 
midway. The vendor stands behind 
his counter, never coming in per- 
sonal contact with the customers. 
Other games are run, such as "Pitch 
Till You Win," which insures the 
buyer something for his money. 

All in all, this can be rated as a 
clean commercial enterprise, with 
most of the games run on the same 
principle as church bazaars. Car- 
nivals may be classed as a poor 
man's amusement and, though in 
this instance there was a small ad- 
mission gate charge of 10 cents 
(which all went to the American 
Legion) the entrance is usually free, 
and one can pass through and 
around the grounds without going 
into any of the shows or riding any 
of the devices or playing any of the 
concessions, and spend an enjoyable 
hour or two. 

It is understood that this show 
plays mostly large state fairs, cen- 
tennials, celebrations, home comings, 

C. A. Wortham. beside owning the 
World's Best Shows, is also owner 
of Wortham's World's Greatest 
Shows, Walter Stanley, manager, 
William F. Floto, press agent, and is 
interested in the John T. Wortham 
Famous Shows, John T. Wortham, 
manager (father of C. A. Wortham); 
Snapp Brothers* Show, Ivan and 
William Snapp, owners (brothers- 
in-law of C. A. Wortham), and the 
Alamo Shows, Wortham, Waugh and 
Hofer, owners, with Homer Jones 

Clarence A. Wortham is said to be 
the largest individual carnival man 
and owner in the United States, 
having taken a leading part in out- 
door attractions. The two shows 
carrying his own name are said to 
be the biggest of their kind. 

C. A. Wortham himself is looked 
upon by all carnival men as a leader 
whoso first principlo in running his 
organizations is clean shows, posi- 


Toronto, May 31. 
The new amusement resort and 
bathing beach at 'Sunnyside near 
here opens June 15. Abe Solman is 
the manager. 


Circus Man of Note Becomes 

Agent for Cooper Rialto 


Known throughout the open-air 
field as a promoter of indoor cir- 
cuses and formerly general manager 
of the Barnum-Bailey circus for the 
Bingling Brothers, Sam McCracken 
is now general contracting agent for 
the Cooper Bialto Shows, a carnival 
aggregation operating in the middle 

It is McCracken's first venture in 
the carnival end, and he is reported 
making good at it. 

The Cooper Bialto carnival is 
rated as a small show. It carries a 
girl show, a wrestling show (called 
an athletic stadium) and a snake 
show. It has six shows in all and 
three riding devices. 


Akron, Ohio, May SI. 

The "Bearded Lady," "Missing 
Link" and cage of monkeys were 
attached Saturday by the sheriff 
and are being held until the owners 
of the Rubin and Cherry shows can 
raise the required bond. 

East Liverpool Legion members 
and Moose Lodge of Wellsvllle ob- 
tained the attachment and filed 
suit for $2,000, which they allege, 
is due. 

The attachment was served on the 
show owners here Saturday by 
Sheriff Pat Hutchinson. 


Kansas City, May 31. 

The injuries received by Charles 
(Daredevil) Wilson in # a high dive 
at Electric park, May 21, are much 
more serious than first reported. 
An X-ray examination showed that 
he has suffered a fractured skull, a 
broken left shoulder, and that sil- 
ver wires which reinforced three of 
his ribs following a similar acci- 
dent a year ago. v had been torn 

After Wilson completed his dive 
Sunday night he arose and walked 
to his dressing room, but collapsed 
shortly afterward. His condition 
is serious. 



Wheeling, W. Va., May 31. 

An ordinance making it unlawful 
for a circus to play its caliope 
within the city limits of the city 
has been passed by the city coun- 
cil here. 

Show boats are also prohibited 
from giving the customary caliope 
concert each night before the per- 


San Francisco, May 31. 
Herman Heller, who recently re- 
signed as leader of the California 
theatre orchestra, will conduct at 
Pacific City, the new San Mateo 
amusement park. 


Baltimore Worked Up Over 

Location — Formerly Played 

Far from Center of City 

Baltimore, May 31. 

The dailies have been giving con* 
siderable space to the fact that en 
the site of the buildings demolished 
at Gay and Fayette streets to make 
way for the civic memorial to the 
soldiers of tho world wa \ the John 
T. McCaslin Carnival shows are 
doing a thriving business. Here* 
tofore carnival show have had to 
content themselves with a lot far 
from the center of the city, and the 
papers of the town appear con- 
siderably perturbed because the 
show has come right down into the 
heart of the town. The affair is 
givta for the benefit of the disabled 
veterans* of the world war, and there 
is a small tent at one corner of the 
grounds where the vets sit and 
watch proceedings. There is some 
public feeling against the carnival 
locating itself directly in front of 
the city hall, as it has, and it is 
probable that editorial attention 
will be given it. 

When the negro manager of the 

N. J., next week (June 5). I ''°} d £ la " ta " on lt sh ™s" with the 

Harry Mohr, brother of Mrs. | J°l? n _T. ^McCaslin Carnival Shows 

Brunen, and another carnival man 
named Powell are awaiting trial of 
the murder of Brunen at his home 
in Mt. Holly, N. J., last March. 
Brunen was shot dead while seated 
at a table on the ground floor of his 
house, his murderer shooting him 
through a window. 

Brunen's Widow Transfers 

Property — Name Changed 

to Bernardi's Shows 

The mighty Doris and Colonel 
Francis Ferari's Shows (combined) 
have been sold by the widow of 
John Brunen to Mrs. Felice Ber- 

The title has been changed to the 
Bernardi Greater Shows. This 
week the carnival is at Garfield, 
N. J., and will play Morristown, 


Joe Woods' "Mimic World,' a girl 
act which he took to San Domingo 
some weeks ago with Freeman 
Bernstein's carnival company, has 
split away from the unit and is now 
in Porto Rico. Frank RafTn's 
Monks, also with th0 Uernstein out- 
fit, also went to Porto Rico with 
tho Words show. 

The balance of the Bernstein ; arty 
is still in San Domingo, being last 
reported at San Pe d ro-Macoris. 
The shows with the outfit have 
done mediocre business, the natives, 
however, patronizing the merchan- 
dise booths which arc a part of the 


Ringiing Bros.-B. B. 
June 2-3, Cleveland; June 5, Ni- 
agara Falls; 6, Geneva; 7, Syra- 
cuse; 8, Watertown;' 9, Utica. N. 
Y.; 10, Pittsfield, Mass. Following 
week (June 12), Boston. 

Selli- Floto 
June 2-3, Boston; June 6, Lynn; 
6, Salem; 7, Haverhill; 8, Lawrence; 
9, Manchester; 10, Lowell, Mass. 

Al G. Barnes 
June 2, Caldwell, Idaho; June 3, 
Boise; June 5, Twin Falls; 6, Bur- 
ley; 7, Idaho Falls; 8, Pocatello; 9, 
Ogden, Utah; 10, Salt Lake. 

Walter L. Main 
June 2, Marlboro; 3, Waltham, 

Cole Bros. 
June 2, Norwood; 3, Morla; 5, 
Chautauqua; 6, Rouse's Point, N. Y. 

Hagenbeck- Wallace 
June 3, Plattsburgh, N. Y.; 5-6, 
Montreal, Can.; 7, Ottawa; 8, Corn- 
wall; 9, Brockville; 10, Belleville, 

Sparks' Circus 
June 2, Hempstead, L. I.; 3, Hunt- 
ington, L. J.; 6, Bennington, Vt. 

(on the Civic Center Plaza) struck 
an eight-year-old white girl with a 
brick last night a mob of 200 white 
men attacked him. It was only 
after a battle that the police were 
able to rescue the negro. 

The negro, Cecil Carter, saw the 
girl, Catherine Bradley, 507 North 
Exeter street, peering under the 
flop of his tent show. According to 
witnesses, he shied a brick at the 
girl and struck her on the temple. 
Carter then came outside of his 
tent and was forced to beat a hasty 
retreat from a crowd of men who 
were crying "Get him." The negro 
was rescued by a patrolman and 
taken to the central police station, 
where he was charged with assault. 

Two concessions connected with 
the same show were ordered closed 
yesterday and a number of alleged 
cappers, men and women, were 
driven out. The cappers were 
driven out after they had been 
watched for several hours by the 
police, who say that after each 
game the cappers always came out 
in the lead. 

Monday night, according to the 
police, cappers were caught slip- 
ping through the back of the booth 
the articles which they had ap- 
parently won by chance when play- 
ing with the crowd before the booth. 

Auburn Gets Its Circus 

Auburn, N. Y., May 31. 

Auburn will have its circus thla 
year that it has been yelling for. 

G. W. Finney, advance man for 
the bits Sells-Floto organization* 
was in town las'- week and se- 
cured a permit from City Manager 
John P. Jaeckel to show and parade 
here June 23. 

Wild West at Hillside Park 

Newark, N. J., May 31. 
Hillside Park opened Saturday, 
featuring a Wild W<^3t show. 


The photo does not do Justice to the color scheme of the new costumes sported by cut rate ticket men's baseball team which battled to a 
twelve inning tie with tho Broadway theatre treasurers at the annual "Hellraisem's" outing at Glen Cove L. I last Sunday The suits are violent 
green, stockings and caps Just as violent orange When the team paraded on the field they sported red bow ties which were discarded in the heat 
of the contes -someone said it was bad luck. Just visible are letters over the chests of tho players, they meaning the names of various theatres 
and tho location or the houses worst seats. 
No effort is made at pretentiousness Joe Lcblang, himself, Is the man in civies. He was "umps" for the game. Matty Zimmerman is the hefty chaD on the rlirht He dot«nt 

and a 15-cent admission is charged, play with his goof team but la the principal •hellraisem." ■ neiiy cnap on tne r,gnt * £?,.™ 




• There are various classes of carnivals, but tho usual classification gives 
.Ja types of show, namely: 

**° iyp GILLEY SHOW 

i ■* ^^ which owns no wagons or flat railroad cars. This type of 
. w travels in passenger service using box or baggage car furnished by 

• llroad company. The railroad also furnishes day coach or coaches 
to* the accommodation of the people. The charges are based on the 
lumber ot passengers— so many passengers for each baggage car. The 
bhow's equipment is hauled to and from lo to railroad yards by local 
transfer man, with whom contract is made for this work by the agents 

bf the show. - 


? All of the larger and better carnival organizations own their own rail- 
road cars, the train consisting of flat cars, upon which to load wagons, 
itoclc cars for stock, baggagj car for small material trunks, concession 
frames and tents and merchandise used by concessionaires. Sleeping oars 
for performers and employes and a dining car usually known as the 
nrivilege car. This type of show moves in freight department by con- 
tract known as "special freight" or "circus movement." The bulk of 
the show equipment is loaded Into large circus wagons, which are 
carried on Hat cars. The show's .executive offices are usually in a spe- 
cial wagon. This kind of show usually carries a few teams of baggage 
stock or draft horses. Many of the larger ones own heavy tractors, which 
have proven highly satisfactory for hauling wagons to and from the 
i A good tractor will easil/ walk away with two heavily loaded full- 
glted circus wagons. 


• These include all shows and riding device.* and any attraction where 
an admission price Is charged at the ticket box such as Merry -Co-Bound. 
Whip. Ferris Wheel. Sea Planes. Aeroplane. Swing*. Frolic. Dodgem and 
all side shows. 


Sensational and novelty acts used to attract ;md to hold people on a 
midway. Only the mailer shows carry free acts. Usually high diver, 
aerial acrobatic or bicycle leap or loop the loop. The feature free act is 
always staged late at night. It is only necessary where side sht)ws are 
too weak to hold people on the lot. 

"• A bally show or "sit-down" show Is an attraction which offers a com- 
plete performance lasting Vom 20 to 45 minutes. In order to sell the 
show the ballyhoos are given on the ballystage or platform outside of 
ths tent Here the performers show themselves to the public while 
the show talker makes an announcement explaining the nature of the 
show. From two to three ballys are usually necessary to get an audi- 
ence. A good talker with an attractive bally will till his tent with one 
spiel. This is known as 'turning 'em." 


A grind show i; a show where a continuous Show is given and where 
no ballyhoo or announcement* is necessary. This applies to pit shows, 
platform shows, walk through and mechanical fun houses. The talk- 
ing, which is usually done by the ticket seller is known as "grinding," 
and the spielers on this type of show are known as all day talkers or all 
day grinders. 


Sometimes built on a specially constructed wagon is a show with an 
Individual attraction, usually a human freak or living curiosity. The 
enclosure in which the attraction is exhibited being raised up from 
the ground, acts as its own ballyhoo, and as both front and sides are 
left open the crowds on the midway are attracted by curiosity of the 
desire to know what the other fellow is looking at. 


A string show is a pit show with a number of pit* or onelosures In 

which the attractions are displayed. These are usually human or animal 

freaks with a few papier mache fakes, such as double-headed babies, the 

f devil child, and impossible prodigies of all kinds. These shows are often 

advertised as 10 in 1 or 20 in 1, etc. 


A walk-through show is a mechanical fun factory with laughter-pro- 
ducing devices, and in which the visitor walks through a darkened cor- 
ridor to exit at the other end. Fun houses include such mechanical 
Shows as the House Upside Down, Haunted Swing, Katzenjammer Cas- 
tle, Old Hell Ship, Through the Falls, and other mechanical laugh shows. 
Ths Crystal Maze, which is a series of passages with mirrored walls, Is 
another favorite walk-through show. 


The concessions with the larger shows are invariably legitimate, al- 
though all midway organizations carry merchandise wheels. The mer- 
chandise wheel is accepted and permitted almost everywhere outside of 
New York City and at all of the state and county fairs, with few ex- 


These are concessions where various sorts of merchandise are given 
away to those holding the paddle containing the number at which the 
wheel stops. There are usually three numbers or chances on each pad- 
dle. In recent years the "lay down" has superseded the paper paddle, 
jUI It means faster money. With the lay down, a lay out with corre- 
sponding numbers Is painted on the counter. The player places his 
dime on the number of his choice. When all numbers are covered 
somebody must win a prize at every turn of the? wheel. The conces- 
sionaire is assured of a profit, as there are always enough numbers to 
allow a margin for the storekeeper. The wheels are usually sold "ex- 
clusive" for a specified type of merchandise, and where no exclusives 
are sold, seldom more than two of similar kind are allowed. The pre- 
dominant wheel displays are dolls, silverware, blankets, ham and bacon, 
baskets of fruit, baskets of groceries, silk shirts, « ndy, electric table 
lamps, etc., etc. 


A P. C. wheel is operated precisely the same as a merchandise wheel, 
excepting that one dollar bills are given away instead of prizes. The 
•tore Is usually flushed with merchandise. This form of wheel is very 
popular with the public. Most shows will tolerate at least one or two 
*. C wheels, where the local authorities are agreeable. 

A Qrin I Store is an ordinary concession with a ten -cent game, of skill 

for which merchandise prizes are given to the winners. Those include 

Rop Vm ins," "hoop la," roll down. Japanese box ball, knifo and cane 

racks. All legitimate ball gaires and racks may also be described as 

Krind stores " 


. Strong joints are crooked games of all types, usually operated with 
control devices. These include flat whe.ds. spindles, drop cases, hand 
strikers and pick outs. The "pick out" is known as peek 'em" stoVe. 
Numbers corresponding with those on the prizes ire placed in envel- 
°I>e«. The player has little chance to beat the game. The device which 

^controls the strong joint is Known in the vernacular as "the sque*ie, M 

"»e pinch" or "the gimmick." The spot is a game which is classed as a 

fhf 16 ° f 3kiU and r,1I °wed to operate a'r.ywhere. As a matter of fact, 

""■ game Is almost impossible to beat, although with practice one can 

^ulre the knack, 


u«If e ? 4U " ,: tlM "•tieM" (sometimes catted i steifej ire the cap per I 

2J by strong-joint workers to encourage the suckera. With crooked 
joints only the sticks or shil's are perrai tfl to win. The sucker always 
ram * lo - s,1 » • (None of the bigger and better shows tolerate crooked 
EJJJJJ or 8 *rong joints. Although some will permit percentage wheels 

*c* r ° loc,-1 l conditions are favorable, the big shows which are out after 
attr ti* 8 f ° r th * ,,ig naUon «l e xposition s and state fairs present real 
brln ! * f>f cI '* an * in ess and merit. These attractions are able to 
earn? i revcnue enough to carry the show and piy a profit. The small 
val which has no worth while shows is compelled Lo depend upon 
m concessions. 


Mr. and Mrs. Rosenborg are here 
accompanied by their son, Jerome. 
They are sightseeing. 

Gatti-Casazza, manager of the 
Metropolitan, New York, has gone 
to Milan; Hamilton Fish Armstrong, 
of Now York "Evening Post," has 
arrived In Paris from Bohemia; 
Reginald C, Bobbin* author, of 
Boston, has arrived in Paris from 
Switzerland; Charles W. Price, 
president of the New York Interna- 
tional Trade Press, is taking the 
cure at Bad-Nauheim; Louis Gra- 
veur and Raymond Burt, of New 
York, have been appearing ii\ con- 
certs in Berlin; Olive Fremstad, 
soprano, is resting in Switzerland. 

Among visitors to Paris last week 
were Jesse Lasky and family, Will- 
iam Harris, Jr. and Mary Garden. 

Miss Zenita, the dancing violinist, 
is in Paris, arranging for a new 
musical act. 

Little Lydia VVeltsrh.-ff. pianist. 
8 years of age, gave a eon. en May 
25 In Pari . 


looked like 
'Ming Toy 
shoe shop 

Attell busted Into print 
last week after the lire 
started lamping what 
a fire plant within the 
Bootery," a P. road way 
in which An el has a 
half interest. The night watch- 
man of a basement cafe discovered 
fluid dripping through a trap door 
crack from the shop above and on 
investigation found it to be gaso- 
line. Entrance to the store was 
made and it was alleged a quan- 
tity of papers soaked with the in- 
flammable fluid were found. It was 
also said the door was locked. Re- 
ports in the dailies stated the ex- 
pugilist wis to be questioned. 


Four Keith Booked Towns Will Re- 
main Opsn 

The Keith southern houses booked 
by Jule Delmar, which have re- 
mained open longer this season 
than ever before during the hot 

months, will close shortly. 

The Palace, New Orleans, and 
Mobile close June 18. Birmingham 
and Atlanta, discontinue June 10; 
Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Louisville 
and Nashville conclude Juno 24. 

Norfolk, Roanoke, Richmond and 
Charlotte may remain open all 
summer, due to the unusual cool 
weather prevailing and the close 
proximity to New York. 
. Outdoor amusements and sum- 
mer parks In Dixie have received 
the toughest break in 20 years from 
the weather man. 

Last season the Oelmar houses 
closed four Week* earlier than at 


Jeanne Kagles, for 'A Gentlemen's 
Mother," by Martin Brown (Sam H. 

Lew Brlee, "Love and Kisses." 
Lewis and Brown, with "Green- 
wich Village Follies." 


Melville Rosenow, of the Jenle 
Jacobs office, confined to his home 
for several weeks as the result of 
a nervous breakdown, has left the 
city to recuperate. 

v - 



After i s-Tnational st-asofi on the Keith, Orpheum and Interstate 
Circuits has igain proven himself pre-eminent as the delineator of female 

Closing season this week (May 2d;, at 8. F. Keith's Palace, New York.) 

Independent Organization 
Opened With But One or 
Two Shows % * 

Convincing proof of the sc;ireity 

of Independent midway shows w is 

amply demonstrated in a New Jer- 
sey "spot" a week or .*,»» ago. it 
was the occasion of the opening pf 
a show owned by one of the best 
known managers in the business 
The show, which has hitherto heen 
in tho 25-car class, was sold last 
Cull by its owner, who is also owner 
of another big midway organization 
or carnival company. The reopen- 
ing of the show was widely Heralded 
and a big line-up of attractions 
was promised, but when the time 
for tho show's initial opening came 
only one or two shows reported for 
business and the midway presented 
a crestfallen and sorry appearance 
on the opening night. Since tho 
opening stand new shows have been 
added, one at a time, in Jersey 
lost week there was a vast Improve- 
ment. The show is under the man- 
agement of a capable and experi- 
enced showman, but in spite of this 
and of the popularity of the shows 
title, some difficulty was evidently 
experienced In getting together a 
satisfactory line-up of suitable at- 

Last season was the worst, finan- 
cially. In many years, and even the 
fairs failed to make up for the losses 
of tho carnival dates during the 
earlier part of the season. Owners 
of independent shows have not for- 
gotten their 'experiences of the past 
and the wiser ones prefer to leave 
their equipment In the barn rather 
than go to the trouble and expense 
of framing up for a too early start. 

The real carnival season In the 
East is rarely at its best until the 
end of June and the wise and wary 
side show owners appears to be tak- 
ing; advantage of his dearly bought 
knowledge nnd playing safe. 

The real harvest for the carnival 
and Its Aide features Is at the fairs 
where, with any decent kind of 
a break, all fear of bloomers and 
dead spots is cast to the winds. 


Sunday concerts of Keith vaude- 
ville at the National Winter Gar- 
den, New York, were discontinued 
for the summer Sunday (May 28). 
The house is operated by the Mln- 
eky Bros, and plays burlesque stock 
during the week. 

Palace, South Norwalk, Conn., 
pop vaudeville. started picture 
policy this wcok for balance of 

Playhouse, Passaic, N. J* pop 
vaudeville, split week, has discon- 
tinued vaudeville over tho summer. 
Pictures will be the hot Weather 

Koosevelt, West Hoboken. pi ly- 
ing pop vaudeville, has a picture 
policy over tho summer. 

The Strand, Hoboken, has dis- 
continued its split week vaudeville 
policy for the summer. Sunday 
vaudeville shows are given, with the 
house remaining dark the remainder 
of the week. 

Strand, Bayonne, June 11. 

(•(immunity. Meriden, Conn., May 

The Myrtle, Brooklyn, N. Y., 
closes June 4. 

Vaudeville will be discontinued at 
the Kurtz, Bethlehem, Pa., June 10. 
Pictures for the summer. 


Bobby Higglns and company, un- 
able to open Monday at Keeney's, 
Brooklyn, N. T. One of the women 
in the act reported III. "Keep Smil- 
ing" filled In. 

Barker and Dunn were out it 
the Boulevard. New York,, 
due to illness. Pedrick and l>e 
Vere substituted. 

Talbot and Meyers were out of 
tho Harlem O. II.. New York, last 
half, due to Miss Meyers suffering 
a sprained ankle. 


IJonel Atwdl will play several 
weeks for the Keith circuit this 
summer In a dramatic sketch by 
Hdgar Allan Woolf. Katherine 

Mackey, leading lady for Mr. At- 
will In "The Grind Hiike," will he In 
the cast. 

"Look Who's Here." three p-^iple 
comedy skit featuring Jack Ellis 
Produced by J ick Blue, with special 
songs by LJ-lie Midden and Ji k 

Harry Lee and Jime* Wor.-cly. 
two-act. Lee was formerly of Ho,-y 
an<J Lee. Wor.sely was formerly 
with Jimmy Hussey. 

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Friday, June 2, 1922 


Trade Mark Register' 1 !! 
I'ul li-l..-«i Weekly by VAItll I v. Inc. 

•Sime Silverman, Frosi«l<Mit 
151 West 46th Street New York City 


It was forecasted by Variety Inst season that this season would see 
an unprecedented number of co-operative theatre ventures. At the time 
it was not anticipated the theatrical year would be as bad as it turned 
out. The quick demise of attractions regularly produced made fertile 
soil for the co-operative attractions, and thi* spring they have been 
plentifully offered in Broadway theatres. None of this season's projects 
of that class succeeded. 


Annual $7 I Foreign $8 

Singlo C< i ies 20 Cents 



Ho. 2 

Tom Kennedy, formerly of Ken- 
nedy and Burt, has become asso- 
ciated with Harry Uomm, the inde- 
pendent agent. 

The John Sparks Circus opened" 
a tour of Long Island Monday jn 

The dispute between the Equity 
and Producing Managers' Associa- 
tion as to which organization was 
responsible for any fee Judge Julian 
Mack might charge for arbitration 
services in the "Equity Shop" con- 
troversy was settled last week by 
Judge Mack himself announcing no 
fee was to be charged, hence neither 
side would have to pay anything. 

A rest estate auctioneer operating 
on Long Island has devised the 
scheme of giving a free show at 
each of his sales. A large circus 
tent is erected on the property, in 
which the performance is given. 
The bill is made up largely of cir- 
cus acts. The music is furnished 
by a 20 -piece band. 

The Weequahick theatre, Newark, 
N. J., under the management of S. 
Grey, is playing vaudeville three 
days weekly, booked by Harry Lor- 
raine of the Fally Markus office. 

The State, Beacon, N. T., was 
purchased last week by the Good- 
man Brothers from Joseph Kligler 
and Herman Lees, the new owners 
taking possession Monday. The 
transaction was mads through' Jack 
Linder, the vaudeville agent, who 
will continue to book the tyst half 
bills. r he house plays pictures the 
lirst three days of the week. 

The Appellate Division last week 
denied Kitty Letraunik's petition to 
punish Samuel Letraunik (profes- 
sionally Senator Franeis Murphy, 
vaudeville) for contempt of court. 
She charged he failed to pay (50 
weekly alimony under a separate 
decree, but the upper court held 
that Mrs. Letraunik Is no longer 
his wife by virtue of a successful 
countersuit for annulment. After 
i i was awarded the alimony on 
charges of abandonment, Letraunik 
countersued, alleging fraud. 

Billy Delaney, Keith booker, re- 
turned to his desk Monday, after 
three weeks spent In looking over 
the houses he books. 

Leo Carrillo is booked to play 
four Orpheum weeks on the Pacific 
coast before he goes into, during 
August, the new Oliver Morosco 
production in Los Angeles, the name 
of which hat: not yet been an- 

Arthur Pearson, who ran out on 
Broadway secretly several weeks 
ago, picked himself a warm place to 
get a coat of sunburn. Ho has 
been fishing in .and around Mobile, 
Ala., with Ed Walsh, manager of 
the Lyric there. Pearson is due 
back Saturday. 

The Playhouse, Hudson, N. Y., is 
playing three or four acts of vaude- 
ville and a picture the last half of 
the week, three shows daily. 


Concurrent wrth the co-operative excursions the Little theatre idea 
moved steadily forward, winning attention of the professional field mors 
than before and with an outlook now that makes for permanency. The 
Little theatre plan is in itself co-operative, a mixture of the budding 
professional with the professional and the amateur. Tho professional 
co-operative tries that abounded are still eoming. However, the standing 
of the players, which appears to mean little, is different from the Little 
theatre units in the vitally important matter of control or management. 

The Theatre Guild may be classed as the highest type of Little theatre 
development. Skilled direction is bringing forth the Provincetown play- 
house, the Neighborhood playhouse and several ethers. All three organ- 
izations named have within their control one or more common sense 
business men. The latter may have first become interested through a 
love of the drama, but that has not prevented the employment of busi- 
ness methods. At one time it was believed that art and business won't 
mix, but the Little theatre exponents arc proving that half a fallacy 

Ths Equity Players, formed of artists in the Actors' Equity Associa- 
tion, announced last week they had leased the 48th Street theatre for 
next season; that members attending a meeting had pledged themselves 
to the amount of $93,000 to back the venture; that the Equity Flayers 
would conduct the house and productions co-operatively in part; that 
live productions would be made which, if successful, would be turned 
over to legitimate managers and that stock would be sold, to outsiders 
who might be interested in the venture. The Equity Players i» to be 
a corporation, a business device, not unusual in operating theatres or 
producing plays. 

Those who have pledged financial support, which persons the Equity 
Players term guarantors, may receive stock to the amount of their sub- 
scriptions. But the statement stated the guarantors would be reimbursed 
from the first profits of the venture. How this will mix with the sale 
of stock is not clear unless it is to be implied the guarantors have no 
thought of profit in mind, whereas an outside investor would look to 
profits if there were any. 

More important is the method of management to be used for Equity 
Players, Ino. The entlro scheme is akin to that of tho Theatre Guild, 
which for seasons has produced plays at the Garrick and moving the 
successful ones to Broadway. The handling of most co-operative com- 
panies! has proven disastrous. It is patent plays selected by most of the 
co -operative failures have been poor, perhaps because regular managers 
haws culled the best available. The Theatre Guild showed there were 
sources of play supply other than ordinary channels. 

Co-operative productibns have up to now been pretty much scrambled, 
with too many artists attempting participation in departments of the 
organization which should be in the lands of persons of business ability. 
On past performances the success or failure of the Equity Players, mo., 
is going to depend in part, at least, upon how the venture la handled. 



David Apollon, pianist and mandolin expert with Mabel Ford and last 
season with tho Ford Sisters turn, hails from. Siberia. He was a 
Bolshevik refugee. During the war an English musical comedy company 
touring the Far East traveled as far inland ae Icikutsk to entertain 
soldiers. While there Apollon begged the entertainers to smuggle him 
out of th • country. With the players he reached Harbin, China, and 
there was taken care of for a time by a Swedish merchant. Later he 
reached Shanghai and finally sailed for America. In addition to his 
musical ability Apollon is said to be a dancer. In return for their 
kindness he taught the traveling professionals some of the Far Eastern 
dance steps. 

Frank Monroe established a unique record at the Broadway Friday 
night last. He appeared there in "A Modern Old Timer," a playlet 
which has given him a strong start in vaudeville after many years on 
the legitimate stage. At the supper show,, when not over 200 persons 
were in the house, the act was accorded half a dozen curtains, after 
which Mr. Monroe appeared before the drop and made a speech. The 
manager went back stage to tell Monroe that it was the first time in 
the history of the house that a speech had been earned at a supper show. 

A procedure to enforce the Tol- 
stead act by injunction took place 
in tfte Albany, N. T., district last 
week when Judge Frank Cooper of 
the United States court of the North- 
ern New York district issued an or- 
der restraining Dominic Rocco and 
hie son, Frank Rocco, proprietors of 
the St. James hotel at Saratoga 
Springs, from illegally selling liquor 
or in any other way violating the 
federal prohibition law, until a 
hearing is conducted la Albany 
June 1. The writ, unlike the one 
issued last week closing the Kientx 
hotel at Slingerlands, does not close 
the Saratoga hotel, but simply en- 
joins it from violating ths Volstead 
act. Judge Cooper will decide at 
the hearing in Albany whether to 
make the injunction permanent. It 
Is the first time the federal officials 
m the Northern New York district 
have used this method in the cru- 
sade against violations of the pro- 
hibition laws. / 

Morris Greenwald, Jimmie O'Neill 
and Clarence W. Morgenstern have 
formed a combination for the pur- 
pose of establishing a replica of New 
York's Plantation at the Green Mill 
Gardens, Chicago, 111. Greenwald 
and 0'N.eill are in New York at 
present looking over the establish- 
ment as well *s endeavoring to get 
Kramer and Leighton to head the 
colored entertainers in the local 
Plantation, show. An admission 
charge cuVTSt. will be made. 

Tho Cafe do Paris at Broadway 
and 48th street will attempt to 
breast the summer as a cabaret 
with a bathing number in addition: 
to a regular bill. The bathing girhi 
will make a crowd of 40 in the show, 
It was intended to remodel the res* 
taurant into a straight dance resort* 
A new dance place, to be called 
Rainbow Palace, is now modeling 
on the other corner. 

"Bill" Sill, who is running Sill's 
Hotel at Broadway and 13th street, 
Flushing, L. I., is inviting you "to 
come out in the country and keep 
cool." The Sill place is just a half 
hour from Columbus circle by ma- 
chine over the 59th street bridge, 
and is on the direct road to Belmont 
raee track, Douglass Manor, Bay- 
side, Plandome, Little Neck, Great 
Neck, Seacliff and Oyster Bay. It is 
an old fashioned village hotel with 
space 'or dancing, private dining 
rooms and good food. Special rates 
are made for the season for a num- 
ber of newly furnished rooms that 
"Bill" is willing to let some of the. 
"boys" who were his friends, have 
in the stag section of the house. 

The Winter Garden, the only eafe 
in Los Angeles using a complete 
revue, has installed another new 
show. This revue consists of the 
Dancing DeMarrs. Claire Vaughn in 
song specialties, and Harry Sey- 
mour in nut comedy songs. Henry 
Williamson does several solos at 
the head of the chorus of 12 girls. 
The show is given twioe nightly. At 
midnight dancing ends. It runs 
close to an 'hour. Grover Frankle 
is the producer. Business at the 
Winter Garden is heavy principally 
because of the revue. Bert Fiske's 
orchestra has gone to the Sunset 
Inn and has been replaced by King 
Brady's band. 

The recent report that Morrisons, Rockaway Beach, might not play 
vaudeville this summer through the noise of an adjacent roller coaster 
brought out that the Morrison family has leased the theatre, also the 
park around it, for five years with an option for five more. The new 
tenant* built the roller coaster at a cost of $75,000. It took In $1,000 
the first Sunday open. Morrison's has been a famous summer vaudeville 
theatre for 30 years, a little more or less. Now it is playing pictures. 

Fox's theatre at New Britain, 
Conn., will go into straight pictures 
June 5. Negotiations are in prog- 
ress, it Is understood, whereby sev- 
eral tabloid shows will play at the 

Daniel Finn has succeeded Jame3 
f-'.iyer as manager of the Olympia, 
Lynn, Mast. Mr. Sayor resigned to 
assume charge of the Canobie Lako 
Hotel at JSHlem, N. IT. 

Ralph Isen (professionally Oorgo 
}T. FiSher pf Fisher and Hurst, 
Vaudeville) was assessed $25 weekly 
jn tho form < T alimony ho must pay 
to May Is« n Iseh is suing his wife 

tot divorce, the latter countering 

similarly, naming Honey Hurst, his 
vaudeville partner. He must also 
pay Kc-ndler & Goldstein, Mrs. 
Ison's attorneys, $:.")0 counsel fees. 
Mrs. Isen originally defaulted in 
answering the plaintiff's allegations 
because of poor health and strait- 
ened circumstances, the court 

Sophie Tucker was singing over here, just before leaving for England, 
a song with a personal note in the lyric. The singer told what she had 
done and would do. One of the- catch line gags was to tho effect the 
Prince of Wales had called upon her and she told the Prince to come 
back when he was King. Miss Tucwer sang it in London— once — out! 

One of the smart -managers of a clean carnival couldn't understand 
complaints coming in, about town folks being trimmed by some of his 
concessionaires. The manager personally walked around the grounds 
from 7 in the evening until everything was cloeed for the night, until a 
relative of his wife gave him the lowdown. Every morning at 10 the 
owner would go downtown to attend to financial and publicity mat- 
ters. He had done it for pears, and could be relied upon to be away 
from the lot for two or three hours. The "come on fellows" and "hanpeors 
on" would spot prospective victims at night, making a date with them 
for the next morning around 11. when they would be given a "chance 
to play for something worth while.'* "This work is very etfldom employed 
before the final blow-off of the carnival into the next town. It usually 
occurs either on a Friday or Saturday morning. 

granting h<r special ha veto reopc i 
the default. 

The Strand, Rockvillo Centre, 
L. I., trected by a lOCOl corporation 
opens Sunday with pictures. Com- 
mencing June 8 vaudeville will play 
tho last half of each week, live acts, 
booked by Fally Iffjfkua. The house 
has a seating capacity of 2,000. 

John Fitzgibbons of Bay Shore, 
L. I., has leased the Garden, South- 

ampton, opening this week with pic- 

A new firm of vaudeville auth< i 
|g Dorothy Phillips and billy Link, 


Larry ¥oell, Billy Hall and Charles 
Ward are entertaining at the Cap- 
ital Inn, San Francisco. Alma 
Gillette is hostess. The resort is 
conducted by Kid Herman, a for- 
mer prize fighter. 

Walter Tyler, former owner of the 
Pekin and Beaux Arts, famous 
"Black and Tan" reports in Chicago 
a decade .ago, who retired from the 
business long since, is dying at his 
home on South State street. Tyler 
was well known in sporting and 
theatrical circles. 

Newspapers the country ove* 
have all carried stories about 
Youngstown, O., reported to have 
become one of the few strictly 
"dry" towns, since its new mayor, 
George Oles, took oillce lost Janu- 
ary. The fact is, considerable "wet 
goods" is still to be had there, much 
as in any other city, in, the few 
cabarets, converted saloons, and 
various private organizations, all of 
whk:h operate out of reach of the 
law by dispensing the stuff through 
an employe or other attache, or In 
some ether method avoiding the au- 
thorities. Other reports of the 
town's- vice cleanup, however, arc 
largely true. Sines mueh of the 
vieious element has been ousted, 
whereas tho town in former yean 
was a real haven of crime. 

Wayne Scott and Broadway Syn.» 
eopators are at the Cafe* La Vis* 
New York. 

Tho Club Royafo on West 64th; 
street has closed: for the season^ 
Business had dropped away down; 
there, fn the height ef the season 
it had been doing overflowing pa^ 
troniage. One of the Salvin groupy 
The night before tho Royale closed 
a liquor arrest was made there. 

The Ftotilfa restaurant at Sixth" 
avenue and- 56th street will close 
this Sunday for the summer. TkeJ 
Percy Elkeles revue ended its rus{ 
there Monday. 

"Stop Along," produced by Arthur; 
Kretlow and directed by Louis B, 
Zoeller, opened at the Beaux Artnj 
New York. In addition to Kretlow* 
Dixio O'Neill, Agness Purtell, Dolly* 
King and Martin e appear, supported 
by a chorus of six. Louis Breau 
wrote it. 

Crane's Georgian Garden* is tM 
latest addition to Kansas City's 
amusement places. A feature wiH 
'be the* dining service v.-ith tables on 
a balcony overlooking the swim- 
ming pool. Another Innovation is si 
dining room and dance floor for tho 
use of bathers' in. costume. 

A revue now m preparation will 
open at the Music Box, formerly 
known as Friar's Inn, Atlantic City, 
N. X, Saturday, May 27. Principals 
include Alice Mitchell, Ted Hoff- 
man, Billy Wirburn, Viola Ifanftjov 
Jack White, Svn Hale and Peggy 
Hart, with a chorus of six. 

Dixie O'Neill is featured in Ar- 
thur Kret low's new revue, which* 
opened lust week at the Beaux Arts* 
New York, singing "Flapper Blues* 
and "You'll Be Lonely Too." 

Gene Dabney's California Orches- 
tra is at th*> Knickerbocker Grill* 
New York. The orchestra includes; 
besides Dabney, saxophonist; Dick 
Winifree, violinist; Phil Eoutelisj 
pianist and special arranger; Con 
Trager, bassoon; Joe Dubin, sax;' 
Cal Janowitz, banjo and 'cello; Fred 
Greene, drums. Winifree and Greene 
came east with Dabney from the 

"The Review of Syncopation" at 
Healy's Golden Glades, at 6«tn 
street, has added Andrne and ITanel 
Tho Glades has started its summer 
air cooling system, giving it the 
edge on warm evenings on nearly 
all of the Broadway places. 

An "Old Heme Week" bill will B 
staged at tho Fordham, New York, 
the week of Juno 12. Local ama- 
teur talent Interspersed with regu- 
lar vaudeville acts will be featured. 

Contrary to a previous report, no 

Pittsburgh* cabaret applied f< r a 
liquor license. Black's Palace Royale 
and Bongiovanni'i two establish- 
ments, the Nixon Cafe and Wild- 
wood Gardens, are again the leaden 
f ii the summer bidding for patron- 
age, with the only evldeneo of pro- 
Volstead days in tho customers who 
bring their own; of these, there Is 
still a goodly number , 

With Joe Susskind in ehargC at 
Murray's on Forty-second street, 
Dave Weiss has returned to the 
Blossom Heath Inn. Weiss disposed 
of his interests in Fontaine Tnn, * 
short distance away from Blossssl 
on the Merrick road. Charles Cam- 
eron, formerly at Churchill's, is now 
managing Fontaine. Joe Susskind 
took over Murray's entire establish- 
ment as his own venture. It Is » 
big building located near Broad- 
way, with restaurant downstairs! 
while the upper portion has many 
eommnrilrmq living suit* f, Mr. 
Russkind is said to have eecun «1 the 
place on very favorable U rmo. J" 9 * 
about the t.'mo Joe asaimn • ' ehaffi 
wit h intention to oversee ihe re- 
modeling and renovation, his foot 
became Infected and no was li i U P 
in one r,f the apartments (or several 
days. When the original proprieto*. 
Murray, died, his widow i i said to 
have been represented In the Mur- 
ray's management by a i*< ! .>tive» 
Later a receiver- was appointed for 
the place. To cronr the* matter ulfc 
Mrs. Murray made a proposal to Joe 

(Continued on page 17) 

The May- November Farm all 
Hartsdale, N. Y., under the direction 
of Nick Prounis, has started on its 
summer season, after remaining 
open during the winter. "Tho' 
Broadway restaurant in the woods* 
Is becoming a regular stopping 
place for the New York motorists 
who want a nice rido and a good) 
meal when out in the car. Ths) 
Farm Is on the White Plains (Jer* 
omo avpnur) road. Smith? Irre* 
sistible Eight are the musicians. 


Frida y, Junt 2. MM 


lourrr; bacon exonerated 


Manager Demanding Full Retraction as Promised — 
Other Listed "Defaulters Said to Have Com- 
| plained — List Published First in November 

Equity in its monthly booklet 
uwf1 . fast week failed to carry the 
tjgt of "defaulting managers" for 
the first time since the list was 
jaade a regular feature of the pub- 
UoaUon soon after the start of the 


•Bflulty" In the November issue 
flrtt used the lists. Under the 
ijatameat that "the following does 
act exhaust the list of managers 
who owe money to our members, 
the names of S4 managers were 
printed. Asterisks beside the names 
of eight meant those managers 
-♦— mAmM pnoiuanies. With litt 


Equity's Chicago Representa- 
tive Remains at Fashionable 
Bismarck— "Duty Calls" 

Chicago, May 31. 
Discovering there arc social privi- 
leges that involve the executive 
had duties of the Equity's Chicago office 
Klran companies, wun jittle or — duties that don't make for the 

ne change the list was continued h am) i n08S f any home involved— 

monthly. t^ w « QM1 «,;*», Mrs - Frank Dare, wife of Equity's 

Gerald Bacon, a showman with * * 

a rsputaUon for fair play, protested Chicago representative, has been 

the inclusion of his name in the list, forced into a most unhappy state of 

He was a stockholder in "Princess mlrtd ^j affairs, 

yirtua," a musical show which lost Mra Dare has been obHged tQ 
tMAAA last summer. About juu.ouu 

$10 000 last summer 
of that money was invested by 
Bacon and Edward Flammer, who 
va* not listed. Bacon at first oo- 
jected to being singled out from the 
stockholders to be the goat by, 
Equity. It Is a matter of record 
tmat Equity stepped in when sal- 
aries were not paid at the Central 
theatre and the company's share of 
the receipts was taken over for dis- 
tribution to the players. 

Bacon can not understand why 
he should have been branded a 
■defaulting manager." Later th» 
Showman secured the counsel of 
three attorneys of standing. The 
answers to Bacon from Equity 
were evasive. He was told by one 
Bauity officer the idea of the list 
to stop the practices of man- 
who incorporated for $5,000 
trusted to luck. Also that 
Equity might make mistakes that 
did harm to individuals, but that 
(Continued on page 17) 


forsake the brilliant 'loop" life be 
cause she has found it impossible to 
be invited to all of her husband's 
alleged "duty calls." She is now liv- 
ing apart from her hu-band because 
of family differences. While Dare is 
holding aloft amid the gayety of the 
Bismarck Hotel, Mrs. Dare's pres- 
ent address is at the Raleigh Hotel/ 
a northside hostelry for the lowly 
paid chorus girls. 

Dare's average as a fast worker 
is the talk of the Loop's theatrical 
circles. The existing situation be- 
tween Equity's representative and 
his wife makes it common talk that 
Mrs. Dare proposes to do consider- 
able inquiring into what constitutes 
the real official non-social wort of 
an Equity representative in Chicago. 

The separation of the Dares has 
been known for some time. The al- 
leged "duty calls" alibi is no longer 
necessary for Equity's roaming 

Whether or not the Dare matter 
will end in court remains up to 
Mrs. Dare. 

Newspaper Men to Promote 
Co-operation With Pub- 
licity People 

Cincinnati. May 31. 

An organization known as the 
Stage and Screen Scribes of Amer- 
ica has just been started here. The 
officers are: President, William 
Smith Goldenburg, dramatic editor 
of the Cincinnati "Enquirer''; vice- 
president, Albert Thompson, dra- 
matic editor of the "Commercial 
Tribune"; secretary, Myrtle Miles,' 
picture editor, "Times-Star"; treas- 
urer, Elmer H. Dressman, picture 
editor. Cincinnati "Post." Directors: 
William G. Stiegler, dramatic editor 
"Times-Star"; Carl Adams, picture ; 
editor "Enquirer"; Lew Heck, press 
agent Lyric and Gifts theatres; 
Charles O'Neill dramatic editor Cin- 
cinnati "Post"; Bob Newhall the- 
atrical writer "Commercial Tri- 
bune." Rudolph Benson. Chester 
Park publicity agent, was named 
chairman of a committee to draft 
tho constitution. 

The organization was formed to 
promote greater co-operation be- 
tween newspaper editors and pub- 
licity people. 

Lew Heck originated the idea at 
a dinner given to Eugene Quigley, 
retiring manager of the CapitoL, 
Quigley, a former legitimate ad- 
vance man, was presented with a 
handsome desk set as a token of the 
friendship of Cincinnati newspaper 
writers and publicity fraternity. 


No Change in Directorate — Regular Ticket Elected 
—Hitchcock Charged with Having "Cooked Up 1 
"Follies" Trouble in Chicago 



Said She "Loathed Actors"— 

Actress Corrects Critic — 

Desk Man the Goat 

Chicago, May 31. 

Loathed aetors? For a time after 
the Ashton Stevens interview ap- 
peared, the local public imagined 
Eva Le Gallic nne, co-star of 
"Liliom," now playing here. did. 

In fact, the eight-line heading 
which now features the Stevens' 
Sunday interview with celebrities 
playing Loop theatres sweepingiy 


Mew Britain Run Ends Disas- 
trously — Commonwealth's 
Final Week 



listen to Me" Closes Tour. 

Biqqest Day's Business 


Out of Geneva Mitchell's 
Party in Boston 

New Britain, Conn., May 81. 
The long impending "crash" of 
the Cormican stock, at the Lyceum 
for sis: weeks, came Saturday whan 
James Cormican. owner, failed to 
appear after the final curtain to 
pay salaries. As a result, members 
of the company, through Lawyer 
David L. Nair of this city, Monday 
brought suits against Cormican, at- 
taching his lease on the theatre, on 
which, it is understood, six months' 
rent at a monthly fee of $750 has 

claimed Miss Stevens did. There- 
upon. Mlns Le Gallienna couldn't 
get a pleasant look front a soli- 
tary male artist in town, not even 
from the members of her own com- 

Before suddenly leaving town and 
withdrawing from the cast of 
"Liliom" for a reported trip to Eu- 
rope, Miss Le Gallienne wrote Ash- 
ton Stev«ns and the critic pub- 
lished her letter adjacent to his 
usual apace. 

Claiming she was deeply shocked 
to see such a very arrogant state- 
ment as that contained in the head- 
line Issued under her name, Miss 
Le Gallienne's letter to the critic 
further stated: "It is not actors 
that I 'loathed,' as you aay— it is the 
cheap theatricality that is so often, 
sometimes inevitably, connected 
with the theatre — the pettiness and 
tawdriness and cheap publicity — 
and all those things that make so, 
many people look upon actors and 
actresses as something apart — out- 
aide the pale of society as it is 
called — that have so largely do- 
prived the theatre of the dignity 
with which the other arts are en- 
dowed." * 

Miss Le Galli«>nne will probably 
get a wireless from Ashton Stevens 
mid-ocean, stating that it was a 

The annual meeting of the Actor's 
Equity Association was held May 
26 at the Hotel Aston. New York. It 

was estimated about COO members 
attended, considered very light at 
this time of the year. The meeting 
was called to order at 2. 30 and ad- 
journed at 4.30 Friday afternoon. 
The election of officers during the 
meeting resulted in the entire regu- 
lar ticket, headed by John Emerson 
as president, being held over for an- 
other term. 

About the most and apparently 
the only interesting development of 
the meeting to the members was the 
reading of the llnanclal statement 
by Grant Stewart, In the chair in 
the absence of Emerson. Stewart 
gave the losses for the year on the 
Motion Pletune Branches as $26,313; 
expenses in connection with tariff 
on foreign films and "Equity Shop,** 
$6,000. The surplus was announced 
as $R3,804; mentioned without being 
itemised, as Including leases, furni- 
ture and fixtures and debts owing 
the organisation. 

Suspensions for the year were 
2,500, according to Gilmore, who 
explained many joined Equity dur- 
ing the strike without having paid 
anything since. Thero was no u*e 
carrying them on the books, he said. 
New members during the year 
totaled 2.13*, while IIS were rein- 
stated or re-elected life members 
numbered eight. One expulsion was 
reported, J. Marcus Keyes, formerly 
the Equity's Chicago representative. 
Resignation* were reported as IS; 
deaths, «€. 

Total membership of good and bid 
standing was given in all branches 
of Equity, Chorus Equity, Picture 
Branches and A. A. F. (vaudeville 
branch) as 18,43«. with 10,100 of that 
number in good standing, leaving 
(Continued on page 17 > 


Chicago, May tl. 

"Listen to Me." Le Compte and 
Fletcher's one-night stand musical 
•how, closed its season Saturday at 
Hammond, Ind., and the organiza- 
tion managed by Frank E. Fletcher, 
with Walter Holies in advance, ac- 
eompllshed the seemingly impossi- 
ble, for it remained out a season of 
18 one-half weeks, losing only four 
sights. Three of the lost dates wore 
ion to making long railroad jumps; 
the fourth was the night before 
Christmas. The show laid off Holy 
Week, so the tour lasted almost the 
"forty weeks- that made up the 
Weal season in the days when one- 
■ight-stand organisations were 
numerous, popular and profitable. 

The show opened Aug. 25 at 
tWaukesha, Wis. The tour carried 
Jho organisation into two-thirds of 
»o States of the union. The show 
J*«t West as far as the Rocky 
JJountains, south to Miami and East 
* Wilmington, Dot, Staunton, Va, 
•fcts the show the biggest single 
■»jrs business on the season — $1,- 
JJjJ^ which was exactly 25 cents 
■tore than the Al G. Fields minstrel 
•how got in that town. The biggest 
two-day stand on the season was 

5i *' where the attraction got 
WW.16. Tampa did almost as well, 
«™g the organization $2,712.20 on 
two days. 

Claire Miller in private life is Mrs. 
James B. McKowen. 


Harry Pilcer sailed on the Beren- 
garia Tuesday for Paris, taking 
I™L hlm " Tnc National Anthem," 
22S of the Fi <W "Lawful Lar- 
T**> "East Is West," "The Woman 
* Room 1J" and other Shipman 
»■**» tor production abroad. Pilcer 
JL. "^rested with Baron de Roth- 

lath ih Some theatric al tentures 
t^")* French capital and may put 
~** Play, on in Paris. He will 

— •ft os American scout for tho 

■ l **wofi j tig ^^ naja^d ^ays. dosed at Duiuth May ft - 

Boston, May 31. 

Marie Le Ven and Eleanor Lasor, 
a couple of chorus girls with "The 
Last Waltz," started something here 
when they complained they had been 
thrown out of a Commonwealth 
avenue apartment house where 
Geneva Mitchell (at that time with 
"Sally") was giving a party, because 
they resented the attentions of men 
in attendance. 

The girls were taken from the 
Hotel Brewster, where they were 
stopping, to a local hospital the 
morning after the party and were 
treated for abrasions. The Le Von 
girl was the more seriously injured. 

The story at first was common- 
place, but developed through public- 
ity until both girls were discharged 
from "The Last Waltz." Miss Mitch- 
ell was dropped from "Sally" at the 
request of Marilyn Miller. Now the 
District Attorney of this county and 
the Federal authorities are interest- 
ing themselves in the matter, with 
things getting hotter every minute 
and the publicity becoming more 

Claire Miller (Marilyn's sister) 
replaced Miss Mitchell in the 
"Sally" cast. 

According to the stories of the 
girls, liquor was plentiful at the 
party, and at the finish they wer I 
bound and gagged and thrown 
downstairs to the street. Others at 
the party deny the statements of the 
girls, but a couple of Harvard stu- 
dents who were guests at the affair 
are in hot water over the publicity 
and stand a good chance of ab- 
ruptly ending their college courses. 


been paid in advance. Union stage- I hemlllnc wrfter on the desk who 

hands and musicians are also tak- bathes actors, and not 

ing legal steps to secure wages 

alleged due them. It is understood 

several local business houses with 

whom Cormican had dealings are 

seeking a means of "getting theirs," 

as all attachable property owned by 

Cormican has been placed undor 


During the final and extremely 
trying minutes of the company's 
New Britain sojourn, once again 
(Continued on page 16) 

Publicity Must Help "Anna" to Stick 
in Chicago 


Choristers of "Hollywood Follies n 
Given Time to Pay Dues 

Chicago, May 81. 
Choristers of the "Hollywood Fol- 
lies," which opened at the Playhouse 
Sunday, found themselves ensnarled 
into the Equity meshes by being 
forced to Join the Chorus Equity or 
being restrained from working. As 
most of the girls were unable to pro- 
duce the necessary money for mem- 
bership when Fran* Dare, the local 
Equity representative, accepted their 
applications, they were frlven from 


Tho principals of the company, 
mostly all vaudevilliana, however. 

did not join Equity, as they are all Salary cutting for the remaining 

Chicago, May II. 

Local exploitation, started with a 
vengeance in the Sunday newspa- 
pers, over "Anna Christie" being 
awarded the Pulitzer prize medal, 
has got to "save" the attraction now 
running at the Cort, 

Repeated references of brilliant 
nature by all the critics at every 
opportunity during the local run 
didn't prevent a startling slump, 
starting a week ago last Sunday 
night. It was a fight to gain the 
Saturday night trade, usually A 
sell-out for any attraction playing 
the Cort by 7 o'clock. 

A turn for the best, If It comes, 
can be looked for In about 10 days, 
and if it doesn't happen, chances 
of the piece running through July 
are slim. 

All Cast Agreeable to 25% Cut 

for Four. Week But One Who 

Insisted on 20% 



There will be three changes in the 
two to three weeks to pay the as- I c^ f "Lawful Larceny" at the Re- 

public Monday, when Gail Kane, Al 
Ian Dinehart and Floyd Krembs 

working on the commonwealth l.Ian, 
which obviates tho necessity of 


The American Merchant Marine 
Library is desirous of securing 
books to be furnished the men of 
the merchant fleet sailing from 
United States porta. The organi 

"Tangerine" was withdrawn from 
the Casino, New York, Saturday by 
Carle Carlton at the conclusion of 
its 4*d week. It was the leader in 
the number of we«ks played for pro- 
ductions of last season up to the 
time It stopped. 

Until Friday night everything was 
set for continuance for another 
month. Better terms had been ar- 
ranged with the theatre for the add- 
ed time and the cast had agreed on 
a t5 per cent, salary cut for the 
wind-up weeks. One member of the 
cast held off and is responsible for 
the attraction being taken off until 
fall. This player declin<*d to accept 
more than a 20 per cent, cut and 
said he would agree to that only for 
three weeks. (He demanded full 
salary for this week.) 

It is said that members of the 
chorus and orchestra called on 
Carleton, agreeing to make up the 
difference in the obstinate player's 
salary, but the manager declined 
with thanks. Saturday afternoon 
tho balky actor sent word he wis 
agreeable to the cut for four weeks. 
The answer was that the Shuberts 
had been notified and the show 

weeks of the season brought about 

the changes. They will be replaced \ w ™* *??_!!! a !_ nl ? , .'_ 

by Pauline Armitage, Fleming Ward 

and Byron Beasley. 

Armory, Binghamton, Passing Out 

Binghamton, N. Y., May 31. 

The Armory theatre, long a local 
theatrical landmark, will be trans- 
formed into a business structure as 


"Beware of Dogs," in which Wil- 
liam Hodge stirred this season, 
closed at the Riviera, Now York, 
Saturday. He will appear in an- 
other show In the fall. 

•Greenwich Village Follies' 

zation is supplying each ship leav- the result of its purchase by Albert 

lag port with a library for the free 
use of the crew. 

Persons desiring to furnish the 
organization wJth books may send 
them to any public library with a 
card attached, directing that they 
be turned over to the Merchant 
Marine Library, .^ 

L Willey, local contractor, from 
the Armory Theatre Co., which is 
controlled by the Kodico Realty 

The Armory theatre dates back 
to the '70's when it was erected by 
the state for militia armor/ pur- 

The player in question was to 
have headed the No. 2 "Tangerine" 
on tour next season. Another will 
be secured for tho berth. 


Producing rjghts for two of the 
season'a 1 '.roadway successes have 
been sold through Sanger & Jordan 
to tho Williamsons for Australia. 
They are "Sally" and "The C\t and 
Canary." This gives tho Antipodean 
firm two mystery plays, "The Bat" 
being purchased some time ago. 

Sanger A Jordan also leased the 
Rnglish rights for "The Cat and the 
Canary" to Grossmltb & M alone. 





A comedian *<tar in a Broadway show Is working on a guaranteed 
•alary plus a percentage of the profits. From time to tim© the weekly 
statements given him have included production expenditure items charged 
•gainst the attraction. One item in particular aroused his risibilities. It 
vafl the amount quoted for glue, the star telling friends he paid for 
•nough of the stuff to join New York to Brooklyn. 

Mmc. Kotchetovsky is a Russian actress with "Chauve-Souris" at the 
49th Street. Kven Balief says about the monicker "what a name." 
Thursday evening of last week, soon after the performance, she became 
a mother, having worked in the show that evening. Morrie Gest ex- 
plained that had it not been for the daylight saving the infant would 
have been born in the theatre. 

Mis. Thomas Whiff en was announced for a part in "The Rivals," which 
is being revived for a week at the Empire, New York, for the benefit 
of the Players' Club. At the time of the announcement she was in "The 
Advertising of Kate," which closed after three weeks at the Ritz. Her 
appearance in "Kate" was thought to be the reason why another player 
was selected for the revival. Her daughter objected to Mrs. "Whiff en's 
appearance in "The Rivals. " saying the role was too long for a woman of 
b€l mother's age to prepare. 

Behind the reason for Violet Herfflng's leaving "The Rubicon" to join 
"The Rivals," which opens at the Empire, New York, June 6, Js a dif- 
ference of opinion between the actress and the management. In addi- 
tion to objecting to a salary cut, which prompted her fortnight's notice, 
Miss Heming is said to have told Henry Baron, the author-producer, 
that the destiny of the piece was in her hands. 

Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., is reporting on the New York "American," 
with a promise from his father that if the younger Vanderbilt learns 
and likes newspaper work, he will buy him a New York daily. Accom- 
panying Junior in his journalistic wanderings is Preston Hollander, an- 
other social light in the youthful set who favors reporting. Young Van- 
derbilt was assigned by the "American" on the Ward murder case at 
New Rochelle. He plunged right into it, with the paper featuring his 
etuff. Vanderbilt wrote that Ward had left jail one night while under 
arrest and had gone to his home. Vanderbilt said he saw and spoke to 
Ward, who replied. But the same afternoon and the next day the other 
papers carried denials from Ward and everyone else. Vanderbilt replied 
it was so, and let it go at that. 

"Kempy" at the Belmont, New York, looks good for all summer. If 
making that hard goal it will easily run along there through the cooler 
weather. The Belmont has but 230 seats in the orchestra. It has an 
agency sale into July with a follow up buy almost a certainty. At 
present the larger agencies can't secure one-half of what they could use 
nightly. One of the largest gyp agencies is unable to secure over four 
seats a night for the house with a steady call. McBride's is getting 
about 50 nightly and could sell 150 or more. The Bascom agency with its 
three big hotels is getting 17 seats. 

"Kempy" is an eight-people piece in one set. For a summer drop- 
in, it's about the best and softest that has shown for years. J. C. Nugent, 
who wrote the play, had great faith in it. It was produced at a Wilmer 
& Vincent theatre in Pennsylvania some months ago. At that time it 
was said Sidney Wilmer was interested. Mr. Nugent, his son Elliott 
and daughter Ruth appeared when it first played as now. The local 
papers raved over the- comedy, but nothing more was heard of it until 
with title changed to "Kempy ' it landed at the Belmont. 

The Broadway bunch seemed rather pleased that Dick Herndon picked 
up this kit as he did. The Belmont had, had an in and out season. Hern- 
don and Harry Nelmes, the Belmont's manager, are well liked, and 
when 'Kempy'' landed everyone said "Good." 


Oaborne Hall, Auburn, N. Y., was 
filled Saturday night for the second 
entertainment by the Auburn Ama- 
teur Dramatic Club. The 30 play- 
ers appeared in two one-act plays 
and a pantomime. The Initial ef- 
forts of the club in the dramatic 
line in February were far outdone. 
Jerome K. Jerome's tense drama, 
"The Violin Maker of Cremona," 
with Harry R. Melons playing the 
lead, and Barrie's "Twelve Pound 
Look" were the plays, while the 
Spanish pantomime was the effort 
of Thomas Mott Osborne, Auburn's 
millionaire prison reformer. Mr. 
Osborne is president of the dra- 
matic club. "Th i Twelve Pound 
Look" was capably presented by 
Mrs. E. Donaldson <~*lapp, City 
Judge Underwood, Mrs. William 
McCarthy and John Meadows. In 
the pantomime R. H. Bertram Hole 
delighted with his solo work, and 
the principals, Jane Cook, Dutton 
Noble and Dudley Fay, were excel- 
lent. Mr. Osborne was at the piano 
directing the orchestra, in which 
Peter Kurtz, violinist, w. s featured. 
In the chorus of the pantomime 
were Margaret Severson, Margaret 
Mickes, Alice Meaker, Adrian Hen- 
derson, Josephine Hammond and 
Stanley Paul, Sidney Parcell. John 
Lawler, Edwin Ross and Jasper 

Mrs. Samuel Hopkins Adams, 
once a star under Belasco, was re- 
sponsible for much of the success 
of the evening through the train- 
ing and direction she gave the ama- 
teur players. Special scenery by 
Carl Tallman and Robert J. Steph- 
enson and brillirnt costumes 
brought from New York added 
much to the entertainment. 

The English Club of Syracuse 
(N. Y.) University, after a lapse o/ 
years, will revive the custom of 
presenting plays in the open air 
at the June commencement. Three 
plays are to be offered, including 
"The Constant Lover," "Aria da 
Capo" and "The Dar' Lady of the 

"Savva," by Leonid Andreyev, will 
be played at Scarborough, N. Y., 
June 7-9, by the Beechwood Play- 
ers, local to that town. Henry 
Stillman will direct. 

J. D. Barton, formerly of the National Printing Co., is In Japan ar- 
ranging for a Far Eastern tour of Carter, the magician* He may bring 
back a group of "Cherry Blossom Girls," nationally famous over there. 
B.'irton has offered the novelty to Sam Harris for tho nexj Music Box 
revue, but it is probable they will be used for concert appearances 
instead. The girls used for the Cherry Blossom ceremony are Geisha 
girls and the pick of the land, all being small. When Barton was in 
the Orient a year ago- he placed under contract the Russian Grand 
Opera Co. which recently arrived in New York after touring from the 
< i ast. He and another showman interested were amazed to learn of 
the organization's arrival in Seattle. The contract was not excrci^« d 
when it WM learned that George T. Hood had tied up $8,000 in getting 
the Russians started. 

Vancouver's (B. C.) Little Thea- 
tre riayers made their first public 
appearance this season May 25-27 
at Templeton hcill, presenting three 
playlets as the program. 

Friday, June 2, 1923 

;ei' ■■■' ,.t ', i i 

"The Demi-Virgin' closes at A. H. Woods' Eltinge, New York, this 
week. Following the Court of Appeals of New York affirming the de- 
cision defining the powers of the License Commissioner of New York, 
which lower court decision was to the effect the commissioner had not 
the power to arbitrarily close a legitimate theatre, the commissioner 
issued a statement in which he stated in that case the only remedy left 
to supervise the theatre was through official censorship. 

Meanwhile the license for this year to the Eltinge had not been Issued 
up to the middle of the week. It is expected by the theatre very shortly. 

The same law statute giving the commissioner power, as he thought, 
1o close and revoke the licenses of legitimate theatres empowers him to 
issue licenses at will. That was not included in the "Demi-Virgin" 
matter that went before the courts. So far it remains an undisputed 
point in the license commissioner's favor. 

The Y. M. H. A. at Montreal gave 
their annual dramatic performance 
Monday night. The play was the 
modern morality drama, "Experi- 
ence," slightly modified to meet the 
exigencies of an amateur produc- 
tion. The Y. M. H. A. Symphony 
Orchestra, under the direction of J. 
J. Gagnier, furnished the entr'acte 
and incidental music, and the play 
was produced under the stage di- 
rection of W. A. Tremayne. Among 
those who took part were Rupert 
Caplan, Dorothy DaMrs, Esther 
Brandes, Sarah Weber, Mrs. Nod- 
kin, Miss Lernu, Mrs. Elman and 
Miss Hart, and Messrs. Verner, 
Sidney, Harwitz, Kirsch, Ewing, 
Diner and Becker. 


CharUs "W. ! Butler, : actor, Who 
died September 17. 11*20. left a net 
estate of $7,098.69, according to' a 
report filed in the Surrogate's 
Court asking that it be passed for 
inheritance taxation. Under the 
will, executed December 27", 1918, 
the property was divided equally 
between the Actors' Fund of Amer- 
ica; Mrs. George Henry Trader, a 
daughter of his former wife; Annie 
Dobson, his sister; Stanley Sharp, 
his nephew, and Mrs. John Storey, 
his niece. Daniel Frohman was 
named and qualified as e: ^cutor. 
The deceased, who died after a short 
illness, was 74 years old and had 
appeared on the stage for 50 years. 
He had been in the cast of several 
Frohman productions and was a 
member of the Lambs. 

An announcement says Irene 
Castle will tour the country next 
season, showing in auditoriums from 
October to December, in "Fashions 
and Dances of 1923." Ernest Briggs, 
Inc., is mentioned as directing the 

Adeline Hendricks bas completed 
a new three-act comedy drama. 
"Sandpaper," in which Helen Lowell 
is to star. 

Eleanor Tainter left the cast of 
"The Last Waltz" vhich is running 
strongly in Boston, last Saturday, 
and will sail for London to see 
"The Heart of a Rose," which is 
showing there. The Shuberts have 
purchased the American rights to 
the musical play, and will star Miss 
Painter in * in the fall. 

Oliver M. Saylor, and not Arthur 
Say lor, is handling t'e publicity 
for "The Hairy Ape," which broke 
onto the front pages after a police 
complaint recently. Arthur, a 
brother to Oliver, is an Indiana at- 
torney. In addition to the Eugene 
O'Neill play, Saylor is handling the 
publicity for Morris Gest's "Chauve- 
Souris." He was in Russia during 
the early days of the Bolshevik re- 
gime, and is c nsidered an authority 
on Russian art and the theatre. In 
th? June issue of the Century Mag- 
azine there is a special story on the 
Balieff show under the title of "The 
Theatre of Let's Pretend." 

Arthur G. Delamater head of the 
Players and Patrons Associated, 
Inc., formed to produce along new 
co-operative lines, issued a state- 
ment this week explaining the try- 
out of "Her Temporary Husband." 
the association's first piece, and 
denying the players were not paid 
salaries. The manager states the 
cast agreed to accept part salaries 
and part stock in the corporation; 
that the average salary paid for the 
(Continued on page 17) 



The sumjnier stock at the Lake, 
wood Park aheatre (Maine) opens 
June 19 with Barry Whitcomb, di- 

The Aborn musical stock, closing 
at the Colonial, Utica., N. Y., will 
move to Springfield, Mass., openi \m 
there in /"Going Up." The Colonial 
expects to remain dark until Aug- 

Louis Morrison, James Dillon and 
Ruth Van, formerly members of the 
Strand stock at San Diego, Joined 
in a dramatic sketch, "One Christ- 
mas Day," with which they plan 
to tour the Pantages vaudeville 

A traveling stock under the man- 
agement of William Augustine, is 
being organized through the Louis 
Hallett office to play a week 
night stands in New York state. 
The company will play one day in 
each town with a new play each 

"Getting Gertie's Garter" has 
been released for stock by A. H. 

_______ • 

Jack Norworth will join the Mc- 
Laughlin Players, the summer stock 
at the Ohio, Cleveland, next month. 
He will remain four#weeks, one of 
which will be devoted to the trying 
out of "What's In It for Me?" a 
comedy written by Emil Nyitray, 
who died two weeks ago. A. H, 
Woods and Robert McLaughlin are 
concerned with the production rights 
of the new piece. Three other plays 
in which Norworth will appear are? 
"Buddies," "La La Lucille" and "M* 
Lady Friends " Norworth replaced 
the late Clifton Crawford^ In the 
latter play, appearing in It on tour.' 
a season ago. 


Clara Joel and William Boyd ¥••♦ 
turned as the leads of the ProctoX/ 
Players at Harmanus Bleecker HaH*. 
Albany, N. Y., this week. "Miss 
Lulu Betts" is the play for their re- 
turn. "Branded" next week. 

Ernest Glendinning will fill a 
visiting star two-weeks' engagement 
with the Manhattan Players at the 
Temple, Rochester, N. Y., before 
opening his summer's stock engage- 
ment at Denver. Mr. Glendinning 
will appear next week in the role 
he created in "Little Old New York." 

Thomas A. Wise will open next 
week as the temporary star of the 
Robins Players at the Royal Alex- 
andra, Toronto, in "Three Wise 
Fools." Jos Kilgour returns from 
the company to New York after 
a visiting stay of several weeks. 

The season when producers and stars are looking Sharply after mate- 
rial for next season's exploitation, the current play market reports 
activities below normal. This is attributed, in large measure, to the 
train of disasters that befell the tidal wave of new productions, making 
the season now closing remarkable for shows that failed to score. A 
new phase of blay leasing and buying is the number of group players 
seeking material for their activities unsponsored by any producing firm 
than themselves. Fully a score of these combinations are forming, or 
have formed, with, of course, the Players' Guild the inspiration for their 
activity. The friction between producing managers and players over 
salaries asked and salaries Offered for parts next season is, naturally, a 
contributing impulse to the decision of different bands to decide to take 
a chance on their own. Mary Milburn, just in from her season with 
Ziegfeld "Follies," is one ot the individually ambitious along the lines 
of this self-supporting trouping. She is reported arranging with com- 
posers and librettists for road rights to two pieces in which she has 

Iowa has the distinction of being 
the first state to organize a Little 
Theatre circuit. A- conference was 
held at the Iowa State Fair last 
autumn and a committee appointed 
to organize the circuit. Four towns 
furnished companies including the 
Grinnell Players, Bloomfield Players, 
Iowa City Players and Mason City 
Players. During the winter season 
the following plays were presented 
in each town, 'Passers By," "The 
Truth," "The Molluse" and "Her 
Husband's Wife ' each unit appear- 
ing in a different play. 


Cincinnati, May 31. 

Frederick ("Fritz") Reiner, a 
young Hungarian musician, has 
been engaged to conduct the Cin- 
cinnati Symphony Orchestra during j 
the coming year, and as the suc- 
ressor to Eugent Ysae, famous 
violinist. Reiner was chosen from 
among 16 applicants, including 
some of the best known orchestral 
conductors in Europe and America. 
He did not apply for the position. 

Reiner will come here in Septem- 
ber. He was born in Budapest in 
1888. He has had charge of the 
orchestra and opera at Dresden 
and Munich and made his greatest 
success in Rome as conductor of the 
"Costanzi." He is now conducting 
an opera festival in Zurich, Switzer- 

No change in the syndicate forces 
In Philadelphia season, according to 
present plans as announced. Thomas 
Iff. Love will continue as general 
manager of the three legit theatres 
under the direction of Fred G. Nixon 
Nidlinger. Frank Wolf will look 
after Nidlingers vaudeville bookings 
and Harry Smith, manger of the 
Nixon theatre, will assist him in bis 
film interests. 


The dramatic stock at the Broad- 
way, Philadelphia, closes Saturday. 

Stock opens at Proctor's, Troy, 
N. Y., June 26, displacing the vaude- 
ville, which ends this week. i 


Group of 

Fifty Coming 

Over In 

A look-in at New York's present theatre situation is Indicated in the 
lack of enthusiastic bidders for the Astor, conccdedly among the best of 
playhouse properties in Manhattan. Although offered by Bim, owner, at 
$75,000 yearly on a ten-year go, with Sunday reserved for Bim's picture*, 
no avid takers appear. Bim is credited with offering it at $85,000 if 
the new lessee demands exclusive tenancy, Sundays included, but so few 
die the takers that it looks as though the lease now held by the Shuberts 
at something near the above figures would be extended by them. The 
Shuberts' willingness to let go the house is due to the growing list of 
theatres they control in the heart of the city's show center. When they 
originally took it over from Cohan & Harris, on the lease now expiring, 
the Shuberts' theatre holdings in the city were not so numerous; $100,000 
Js the price they paid as a bonus to Cehan A Harris lor the lease 1 , piue a 
. t CCont.i"*' ' "n page il6) 



Garrick Coming Down — Not Look- 
ing for Other Theatres 

. < 

Detroit, May 31. 

It looks as if E. L\ Stair is 
through with the theatre business. 
His only theatre in Detroit is the 
Garrick. This will be torn down » 
with the rest of the building start- 
ing next May, as he has leased the 
entire property for a commercial 

From what can be learned, Mr. 
Btair has no thought of building 
new theatres, which means that the 
Bhtiherts after the coming season 
will be represented in' Detroit ex- 
clusively by David Nederlander, who 
now has the Shufcert-Michlgan and 
the Shu bert- Detroit and is looking 
for a third house. 


A revised accounting of the estate 
left by Bichard Dorncy, the the- 
atrical manager, has b« i filed in 
the Bronx Surrogate's Court, New 
York, by Bita Maloy Dorney, his 
widow, and George CJ. Milne, a 
friend, as executors. 

The decode. .t who died January 
16, 1921, left a will, directing his 
widow receive 1mm residi ary estate, 
and his children all the moneys on 
deposits with the bank which he 
held in trust for them. 

In the accounting the executors 
ch;: fce themselves with $05,605.06. 
Against this amount the are cred- 
ited with $18,628.19 for expenses, 
etc. and hold a balance of $46.- 
976.67 subject to further distribu- 

Max Babinoff will bring to 
America for opening in October the 
Ukrainian National Chorus, a south 
Russia singing group of about 60 
voices said to be the most perfect 
ensemble organization yet heard. 
The chorus is under the direction of 
Alexander Koschetz, a composer and 
includes several noted song birds of 
the Fetrograd Imperial opera. 

The Ukrainian Chorus is due t<J 
open at the Hippodrome for a Sun- 
day concert. It is claimed an ex- 
traordinary feature of the singing 
is the tones,, akin to organ, violins 
and cornets which are perfectly 

Sherman Relieved by Bankruptcy 
Lowell Sherman was discharged 

from bankruptcy Monday morning 

before Federal Judge Mack. 
Sherman's liabilities were* over 

$17,000. Meyer Kura acted, iqr the 


Chicago, May 31. 
The first change since the open- 
ing of •Xightnln'" Bept 1 last will 
be Ida St. I,con rr \ lacing Mildred 
Booth as the California-Nevada 
state-line Innkeeper and Sam Beed 
succeeding Sam Ce.t in the pait 0* 
the western sheriff. 

Coit announces that he will retire 
from the. stage and return to th 
I profession of teaching in J*eW J W 

Friday, June % WW 





See Little Hope of Help in Reduction of Fares and 
Party Rates — Claim They Need a 10% Cut in 
Players* Salaries — Follies Open Next Week 

Production for next season re- 
mains far under the normal, indica- 
tions in the early spring of holding 
back by managers still attaining. 
Usually at this time an approxi- 
mate line-up of the first flight of 
fall premieres is available. To date 
the booking heads have not even 
penciled in attractions for the bulk 
of Broadways theatres. Tryout 
productions are proceeding, but 
slowly. Several big producers are 
doing new plays via summer stock. 

While it is assumed the season 
will be in stride again by Labor 
Day or before, there are no signs of 
rushing to secure bookings. Signs 
•till point to producers assuming a 
waiting attitude in an attempt to 
learn how business looks for the 
coming season. 

A downward revision in operating 


Comedian Anticipates Appearing in 
Regular Comedy 

Scripts of farces or comedies are 
wanted by Eddie Cantor, «star of 
"Make It Snappy" at the Winter 
Garden, New York. Cantor wants 
to make a selection from those 
submitted, as he anticipates per- 
sonally appearing in a piece of 
either description when "Make It 
Snappy" Anally ends. 

Cantor is now under contract to 
the Shuberts, with his agreement 
having yet a year to run. Regard- 
less of what management he may be 
under in future, Mr. Cantor says, 
he will insist the script selected by 
him shall be produced. His idea of 
a play is a comparatively small cast 
show with about 16 chorus girls. 

Scenarios for film comedies that 
might suit him in either black or 
white face will be read by Mr. Can- 
tor, if submitted, and his opinion 
given. He is prepared to purchase 
scenarios for future production with 
himself starred. "He believes that 
sooner or later there will be Can- 
tor comedy pictures on the market. 


George Lederer's Co. Makes Second 
Purchase of Broad wry Hit 

The Broadway Productions Co., 
of which George Lederer is the ex- 
ecutive head, purchased "For Good- 
ness Sake" from Alfred E. Aarons 
last week. The production and cast 
Intact will open in Chicago Sunday. 
The musical comedy, recently clos- 
ing at the Lyric, has been assigned 
the Garrick, the Shubert consenting 
to move "Liliom" which is figured 
to land for a run there, to the Great 

It is the second purchase of the 
Broadway Productions Co. of 
Broadway shows. The first was 
"Lilies of the Field," also in Chi- 
cago and playing to profitable bus- 
iness. Its recent pace has been from 
$10,000 to $11,000 weekly. 


J. Henry Kolker must pay Lillian 
B. Kolker $60 -eekly alimony and 
$450 counsel fees as a result of a 
separation suit she began on 
grounds of desertion. 

The couple were married May 17, 
1906. The alleged desertion oc- 
curred between Dec. 25. 1921. and 
April 6, 1922. 

Henry C. Quinby is acting for Mrs. 


Ban Francisco, May St. 

Ferris Hartman, a popular musi- 
cal Comedjr star 25 years ago. is 
JJjMy to do a "come-back" at the 
J^vic Auditorium in Oakland, where 
ne >s producing a series of his suc- 
*J*JJ of ■ quarter of a century ago, 

The slums billed for presentation 
"JPlude -The Idols lOve, rhn Tov 

inn " Thi *ta*rt of the Nile" 

k " a oth ers. p aul steindorff, well 

own musical conductor, is asso- 

led WJ th Hartman in the venture. 

costs is the hope of the producers, 
but they are well convinced that any 
sharp decline is highly improbable. 
It is going to mean a lot more than 
securing a party rail rate. Examin- 
ation*nof the statistics of several 
shows the current season* proves the 
transportation item is inconsider- 
able when compared to other expen- 
ditures. That at least goes for the 
musical productions. 

If a 15-fare party rate is secured 
it will be of real assistance to the 
dramatic touring attractions, such 
shows rarely having more than that 


Joe Leblanq Treats the Boys 

— "Shuffle Along" Treasurer 

Had Something on Others 

The annual outing of the "Hell- 
raisems," the monicker sicked onto 
the party given each May by Joe 
Leblang's Public Service Ticket 
Agency to Broadway's theatre 
^treasurers, dazzled the landscape 
around Glen Cove, L. l. t last Sun- 

Mattie Zimmerman is blamed for 
one of the dazzling effects. They 
were the uniforms worn by the Le- 
blang ball team that proudly walked 
on the field. The suits were green, 
stockings and caps orange and, to 
make it worse, large red flaring 
bow ties adorned the necks of the 
players. Each suit had the name 
of a theatre, and under it the worst 
seats in that house were marked by 
row and number — those behind 
posts and the like. 

The big idea, on paper at least, 
was the ball game. The Leblangs 
had been blustering about w'.;at they 
would do to the treasurers at the 
outing. The finish found the teams 
locked in a 15-15 tie, 12 innings. 
Last season they also played a tie 
game, and it is beginning to look 
like a brother act. 

Joe Leblang for the first time 
stuck out the outing. He was um- 
pire at the plate, after Lep Solo- 
mon was canned for bum decisions. 
On the bags, "Morvich" John Mc- 
Coy, a "dick" known to the theatre 
men, told them who was safe and 
who was out. He had to "be harsh" 
several times to stop arguments. 
The Leblangs claimed their boss 
gave all the breaks to the theatre 
ticket men. That is known as 
"business." The batteries were Joe 
Keith and Benny Fisher for the 
cut-raters and Bill Bisland (Gar- 
den) and Harry Martin (Liberty) 
for the treasurers. 

The relay race went to the treas- 
urers, the team being "Blutch" 
(Liberty). Larry Levey (Astor), 
Tommy Burke (Town Hall) and 
Harry Newman. Mac McCauley 
(Morosco) and Joey Keith won the 
three-legged race. Gold pieces were 
the prizes in both races. Lee Arn- 
old (Miller) beat Barney Klawens 
(Cort) in golf driving, a new event. 
It was a mashic shot played with 
a midiron. with a dozen golf balls 
the prize. 

.Coy won the 100 -yard "dash" and 
was promised a gold -tipped wallet. 
The SA" o prize went to Harry 
Benjamin (Leblang orllce) for win- 
ning the fat man's rare. Clarence 
Jacobson (Sam H. Harris) fell 
across the lino in the potato race, 
thereby Whining a bottle of some- 
thing. Bill Norton (Music Box) 
won tho ball throwing contest (two 
bonis. , n minutes) nd picked I 
gold Gillette Sft 

Tiure were n doxer other con- 
tests, all the sime in kind. lnit tne 
p'ayinar not confined t.» outings. 
ndaptarle to any place, nny time. 

Tin- KeaVy prise winner of th" P 

P T cT t M Kr ai n m\ Ktnn ry (49*4 

street*. It is said he has b*>n 
♦ raining by taking lessonj! from ex- 
perts in "ShufHc Along.' the at- 
traction there. 

number of players. But for a musi- 
cal etimedy the proportion of saving 
the proposed rate reduction would 
affect is unconvincing to the man- 
agers. If the rate is lopped off 25 
per cent, the saving is figured to be 
from $75 to $100 weekly for a total 
of from $2,500 to $3,006* on the sea- 

Another item of outlay complained 
of is transfer charges. A musical 
show out 34 weeks this season spent 
$17,075 for transportation. Its trans- 
fer cost (hauling of production and 
baggage to and from the stations) 
was $8,572, or Just 50 per cent, of 
the railroading. This attraction's 
share of the total gross was $304,069. 
Its greatest outlay was for salaries, 
the total being $157,502. That may 
not be exceptional, since the heav- 
iest payment of any show is its sal- 
aries. From the producer's stand- 
point, a reduction of 10 per cent, in 
salaries would be by far more wel- 
come than a drop in transportation 

The proportion of transfer costs 
to that of transportation was shown 
to be in almost the same ratio for 
another musical attraction on tour, 
which in 18 weeks spent $8,551 for 
(Continued on page 17) 



Lunt Loses Voice- 
Manager Reads Role 


Newark, N. J., May 31. 

Last Friday evening Alfred Lunt, 
leading man for Billie Burke in 
"The Intimate Stranger," at the 
Broad, lost his voice through a se- 
vere attack of laryngitis. The man- 
agement offered to refund, but the 
audience stuck it out. Frank Kirke, 
stage manager, announced he would 
read the lines while Lunt did the 
acting, Kirke concealing himself in 
advantageous spots on the stage. 

Those who saw the performance 
say that it was entirely successful 
and that the reading was not notice- 
able. The same method was used 
Saturday matinee and evening. As 
Lunt will be voiceless for some time, 
McKay Morris was called upon to 
replace him, and will play the prrt 
this week. 

Lunt was married earlier In, the 
day on Friday to Lynn Fontanne. 

Not Much in Remainder for 

Road Shows — Billings, 

Mont., Second Choice 

Chicago, May 31. 

What deadly experiences await 
the attractions heading for the 
northwest section of the coast trip, 
not to mention the one-: lghters in 
California, is hard to saty after 
listening to reports made by ad- 
vance men grouped here switching 
railroad itineraries because of gen- 
eral conditions out West. 

Seattle is reported to be in piti- 
ful shape. Same is reported of 
Butte and Spokane. Portland is 
the only spot where the playgoers 
are attending to their theatricals 
with profit for the touring com- 
panies. So encouraging is Heilig's 
theatre that Leo Ditrichstein is 
contemplating doing the unusual by 
going from San Francisco to Port- 
land for the dates alone at the 
Heilig, and then direct to Chicago. 
Billings, Mont., is reported good, 
but if all the attractions struggling 
over the Northwest should pick 
Billings as one of the anchor spots, 
the town would flop because it isn't 
big enough to support a heavy con- 
secutive play. 

The one-nighters in California 
started to flop over a month ago. 
The two big cities, Los Angeles and 
San Francisco, are disapponiting 
several of the big ones which 
headed west for summer money. A 
keen observance will be made of 
"The Circle's" fate in Los Angeles, 
where the Drew-Carter combination 
opens next Monday night. Two 
weeks of one-nighters in California 
have been suddenly cancelled by the 
Selwyn office, and no attempt will 
be made to play the Northwest on 
the trip home. 

Irrespective of conditions, return- 
ing agents say Charlotte Greenwood 
will make her customary clean-up 
on the coast this summer. Careful 
routing and no cast exaggerations, 
such as advance copy for const at- 
tractions has a tendency to exploit, 
are apt to save several attractions 
now using coast mileage. 


Favorite Stock Player on Coast 
Engaged by 8am Harris 

Los Angeles, May 31. 

Mary Newcomb, leading woman at 
Tom Wilkes' Majestic, and a well 
known figure in stock circles of the 
Pacific Coast, is soon to appear on 
New York's Broadway. Miss New- 
comb has been engaged by Sam H. 
Harris. Following the local run of 
the new Harris-Wilkes play, "In 
Love With Love," in which she is 
playing the leading role, it will go 
to New York. It is expected that 
Miss Newcomb will open with her 
present vehicle, which is getting its 
break-in at the Majestic. 

Nana Bryant, formerly with the 
Alcazar stock players of San Fran- 
cisco, is to succeed Miss Newcomb 
at the Majestic. 

Bichard Bennett, who is expected 
in Los Angeles shortly, will appear 
at the Majestic In a special produc- 
tion, during which time Edward 
Everett Horton, the Majestic leading 
man, will take a vacation. 

Through an arrangement with 
Sam Harris, Mr. Wilkes is trying 
out a number of new plays at his 
local theatre. 


Broadway Engagement Called 

Flop— Run Cut One Week—* 

Dropped to $5,000 Gross 

The Russian Grand Opera com- 
pany, after three weeks at the Now 
Amsterdam, New York, was moved 
to Kesslers, on the East Side, Mon- 
day, the Amsterdam being turned 
over to F. Ziegfeld for the rehearsal 
of the now "Follies." 

After several weeks more in New 
/York the "vodka opera" troupe will 
journey to Mexico City, playing 
there in the open air within the bull 
ring. The Mexican appearances are 
under the auspices and guarantee 
of the Mexican government. Fol- 
lowing that engagement, appear- 
ances in Cuba and South America 
are planned. 

The Broadway showing of the 
Russian operatic organization is 
counted as a failure. The first 
week's business grossed about $15,- 
800. For the second week the tak- 
ings declined to $9,300 and the third 
and last Week the box office found 
taking about $5,000. 

Tho loss of Mme. Bourshaia, tho 
outstanding star of the foreigners, 
who is under contract to the Met 
and was prevented from singing 
with the Russian outfit in New 
York, partially explains the flop of 
the attraction after favorable re- 
ports of good business wMrch flowed 
in from all points after the Russians 
left Seattle. A poor orchestra also 
counted as a handicap. 

The draw at the New Amsterdam 
was almost altogether from the East 
Side. With hardly any advance, the 
box office did spasmodic business 
anywhere from 7:30 until t o'clock 
in the evening, showing the audi- 
ences were coming from long dis- 
tances — principally the lower section 
of the city. As In Chicago, the call 
was for upper floor seats, but the 
second week in New York failed to 
stand up as well as the similar week 
in Chicago. 

The original booking at the New 
Amsterdam was for four weeks, the 
violent decline in business permit- 
ting the shift to the Second avenue 


Binghamton, N. Y., May 31. 

Ruth Fielding, of the Somerville 
Players, at the Stone opera house, 
is seriously ill from grippe and 
pneumonia. Two trained nurses 
are attending her. 

In spite of a temperature of 104, 
Miss Fielding insisted upon playing 
last week in "Jerry" ', ecauce there 
was no one to take her part. It 
was necessary to have a nurse in 
t lip wings of the house to take care 
of Miss Fielding after every exit. 
Finally, when she failed to over- 
eom«- b*£ trouble, x-ray plates were 
made. They showed that the actress 
was suffering from both grippe and 
pneumonia, and she was hurriedly 
sent to her bed. 


More of Each Promised in Fall — Independents Want 
to Bid for "Buys"— "Cash and No Returns' 
Bait — Secrecy That Isn't 


Chicago, May 31. 

Secret maneuvering on the part of 
the independent ticket brokers for 
Loop theatres, whereby they will 
become what their titles would in- 
dicate, "independent," and do away 
with the worrisome moments and 
tricky tactics they have to employ 
to be assured of important tickets, 
has popped to tho fore. 

A cog has slipped in the gentle- 
men's terms of secrecy presumed to 
have been agreed upon so that the 
functioning of the ideas now on tap 
would hit Loop theatricals with a 
"successful smash." 

Several impromptu gatherings re- 
cently point to the efforts of the in- 
dependent brokers to organize them- 
selves. As it has transpired in re- 
cent seasons, the independent 
brokers have found themselves 
floating on an altogether too spa- 
cious a sea of gambling. With what 
is now being quietlj executed, the 
Independent ticket brokers expect to 
throw themselves lifebelts and over- 
come perilous situations. 

Once organized, the independent 
brokers plan to assemble a sum of 
money which will be known as a 
"protection fund" and with the aid 
of it talk "cold turkey" to the legiti- 
mate managers who want to make 
an outright sale of Broadway hits 
striking the Loop theatres. The 
"buys" would then be systematically 
distributed among the brokers who 
are declared "in" on the new idea. 

The originators of the plan realize 
they would he blocked in dealing 
with the syndicate houses because 
of a tie-up that Couthoul is alleged 
to own with that faction. However, 
they draw their greatest enthusiasm 
to make a huge success, or at least 
a better existence than they are 

now accomplishing, through the fact 
that there will be two new houses 
here in September (Harris and Sel- 
wyn) and that the caliber of the at- 
tractions already announced for 
(ContinuecTbn page 17) 


Same Officers Re-elected — Arrang- 
ing for New Clubhouse 

The annual meeting of the Actors* 
Fidelity Leaguo was held Tuesday. 
All of the directorate were re-elect- 
ed with Henry Miller president. 

During the meeting arrangements 
were completed for the lease of tho 
new clubhouse Fidelity has secured 
for a term of five years with an op- 

It was reported the Fidelity's 
benefit performance In New York 
last Sunday night had netted $ 12,000 
to the organization. 


There are three cast changes in 
"CJarrlson and the Girls," the new 
title of the George M- Cohan com- 
edy which was called "MadelaiiH 
and the Movies" when it played 
New York with Cohan and Georg 
ette Cohan. Donald Brian v "\ play 
the lead, Boots Wooster playing 
Madelaine. Ben Johnson is the 
other new member. The balance of 
the cast is James Gleason, Uuth 
Donnelly, Frank Hollins, Edward 
Nannery, Edward Jackson, Louisa 
Orth. Jean Bobertson, Charles Hal* 
ton and Martin Mallo} 

The "Garrison* 1 company leave i 
next week for Chicago, where it will 
s'jccefd "The O'Brien ' irl* at Co- 
han's Grand June It. • /- 






Friday, June 2, 1922 



Figures estimated and comment point to some attractions being 
successful, while the same gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance is explained in the difference in 
house capacities, with the varying overhead. Also the size of show 
cast, with consequent difference in necessary gross for a profit. 
Variance in business necessary for musical attraction as against 
dramatic play is alsc to be considered. 

These matters are included and considered when comment below 
points toward success or failure. 

•Abie's Irish Rose," Fulton (2d 
week). On coast scale is $1 top. 
Here $2.50. Opened Tuesday last 
week, with the five days getting 
about $7,500, or half capacity of 
house for a week. After premiere 
takings were from around $bOU 
nightly. Mixed comment from re- 
"Blossom Time," Arabashudor <36th 
week). Season's operetta success 
can break even or little better 
with gross of $0,000 weekly. It is 
riding at nearly $10,500. and looks 
safe iniu summer. 
•Bronx Express," Astor (6th week). 
Adaption of Yiddish success has 
not climbed, though classes as dis- 
tinct novelty. Takings have been 
around 45,000 weekly. House to 
get musical attraction, "Spice of 
1922," in three weeks. 
•Captain Applejack," Cort (23d 
week). One of Sam H. Harris 
successes. Arrived around New 
Year's and has been with non- 
musical leaders since. Now get- 
ting around $14,000, smart pace for 
present going. „«•**. 

•Cat and Canary," National (17th 
week). This season's mystery 
play success which got oft to won- 
derful start and put new theatre 
on map Last week takings were 
between $11,500 and $12,000. 
•Chauve-Souris," 40th St. (18th 
week). Morris Gest's winner this 
season; still getting $5 top. "Will 
move to Century roof theatre next 
Monday for summer, with new bill 
offered by Balieff's Russian nov- 
elty company. 
"Demi-Virgin," Eltlnge (33d week). 
Farce has made long run. Around 
$6,500 last week. Closes this week. 
•Drums of Jeopardy," Gaiety (1st 
week). New mystery play con- 
testant presented by Alfred E. 
Aarons. House dark several 
weeks. Show rehearsed two weeks 
and opened cold. Fixing process 
began after premiere. 
•Fanny Hawthorn," Vanderbilt (4th 
week). Revival of "Hindle 
Wakes" won favorable notices, as 
true of original presentation. Busi- 
ness not strong. At $2 top show 
getting around $5,000. Musical 
show sought for summer. 
•First Year," Little (84th week). 
Pulled $6,000 or bit better last 
week. That gross probably means 
profit. Plan is to pool with house 
and try for summer going. At- 
traction is comedy run leader. 
•French Doll," Lyceum (15th week). 
Final week for Irene Bordoni show, 
house going dark for summer. It 
, will possibly get "Shore Leave," 
new Belasco attraction, In fall. 
Latter show tried out two weeks 
ago and looks good. 
•Good Morning, Dearie," Globe (31st 
week). Money leader of Broad- 
way in present going. Business 
dropped somewhat as with almost 
all musical offerings. $25,000 last 
week demonstrated great class. 
•He Who Gets Slapped," Garrick 
(21st week). Theatre Guild moved 
best production contender back 
here last week. Can ride bit 
longer, with cut rates figuring. 
•Heads I Win," Earl Carroll (1st 
week). New comedy drama, prob- 
ably on co-operative basis. Pre- 
miere postponed from Tuesday to 
Friday. House will continue 
operating through summer. 
•Kempy," Belmont (3d week). New- 
est comedy success, written and 
acted in by vaudevillian entry (J. 
C. Nugent). Pulling great busi- 
ness for house of this size, gross 
$9,000 or little better. That means 
capacity, and for first time since 
house opened. 
•Kiki," Belasco (27th week). Broad- 
way's unquestioned leader in dra- 
matic field. Demand for Belasco 
show continues to hold up, and 
grsos of $16,500 is capacity. Only 
bettered in money takings by 
laughing whale, "Partners Again." 
•Lawful Larceny," Republic (22d 
week). Some east changes due to 
salary cutting; pace $7,500 or lit- 
tle more. Probably will stay 
through month. 
•Make It Snappy," Winter Garden 
(8th week). Eddie Cantor show 
doing around $20,000 weekly. May 
drop somewhat lower during June 
but should pick up in July, and 
figures to run well into fall. 
•Music Box Revue," Music Box (27th 
week). This revue and "Dearie' 
continue at top of musical attrac- 
tions and are smashes of season. 
Only "Follies" will supplant ihem. 
'•Music Box" Saturday matinee off 
for first time. Gross last week 
$24,000 or little more. 
•Partners Again," Selwyn (5th 
week). Money leader of non- 
musical attractions, In front of 
comedy contenders by many 
lengths. Ability to draw $18,000 
weekly at this time of season 
makes it remarkable offering. 
*Pinch Hitter," Henry Miller (1st 
week). English play with cast 
headed by Allan Pollock. WAs 
called "Other Correspondent" In 

House dark several 



"Red Pepper," Shubert (1st week). 
Meln'tyre and Heath head musical 
show which has been out of town 
all season. Came on from Chi- 
cago, exchanging places with "The 
Hotel Mouse," which left Shubert 

"Rose of Stamboul," Century (13th 
week). Pretentious musical show 
on week to week basis; continu- 
ance up to volume of business now 
between $12,000 and $13,000; that 
may get show by for a time. 

"Rubicon," Hudson (16th week). 
French piece that drew fire of re- 
viewers and others because of 
story has dropped off considerably 
in last three weeks. Last week 
under $6,500. 

Russian Grand Opera, New Amster- 
dam. Moved down to Kessler's 
East Side theatre; though book- 
ing here was originally for four 
weeks, imported songsters stayed 
but three. Business again dived, 
with takings about $5,000 for 
third week. Flop as far as Broad- 
way is concerned. 

"Salome," Klaw. This revival with 
panned dance of the "Seven Veils" 
qott at end of first week. Its busi- 
ness, despite reports of cooch 
dance, very bad. 

"Shuffle Along," 63d St. (54th week). 
Colored troupe is sitting pretty, 
and management's claim for an- 
other summer's continuance looks 
right. Draw very big, with cut 
rates turning trick. Patronage is 
more than 90 per cent, white. 

"Six Cylinder Love," Sam Harris 
(41st week). Business here quoted 
at $6,500, said to be slightly 
profitable by virtue of house and 
attraction being under same man- 
agement. May stick through 

"The Bat," Morosco (93d week). 
Last two weeks around $5,500, with 
cut rate help. Question is that 
pace can make any money for 
producers, who are set for keep- 
ing show in until late August for 
two-year record. 

"The Blushing Bride," 44th St. (17th 
week). Will try for continuance 
through month. Business last 
two weeks about same, takings 
being bit under $7,500. With rent 
out, that may net some profit. 

"The Charlatan,* Times Square (6th 
week). Good mystery play which 
has not gotten patronage support 
deserved. Business under $5,000 
but, with house and show pool- 
ing, little money may be made. 
"The Dover Road," Bijou (24th 
week). This comedy has made 
money from opening. For past 
two months declined, but with 
little under $6,000, present pace, 
still earns profit. 
"The Goldfish," Maxine Elliott (6th 
week). Grossed $7,000 last week. 
While that probably turns accept- 
able profit, further decline does 
not indicate continuance after 
this month. 
"The Hairy Ape," Flymouth (7th 
week). Publicity anent claims by 
police, though short lived, did 
something for this unusual O'Neil 
piece. Last week another $500 
added, . ith nearly $9,500 on week. 
That is nearly $2,500 increase in 
two weeks 
"The Nest,"' 48th St. (18th week). 
Pace for past two weeks around 
$3,500, which means show Is 
ready to stop any time, even with 
nttraetion and house pooling. 
"The Perfect Fool," Cohan (32d 
week). Aiming for summer con- 
tinuance with help of cut rates, 
recently inserted. Business bit 
better last week, takings between 
$10,000 and $11,000. That nets 
profit, hoi:se and attraction now 
"The Rotters," 39th St. L»d week). 
Drew general panning from eritics 
and no chance given this try. 
Under $2,000 reported, with clos- 
ing slated for Saturday. 
"To the Ladies," Liberty (15th 
week). Ought to stay through 
June, recent takings being be- 
tween $7,000 and $8,000. No sum- 
mer attraction yet secured for 
"Up the Ladder," Playhouse (13th 
week). House bid for one of few 
musical shows being prepared for 
. ummer, indicating drama Is 
ready to withdraw. 
"Truth Abo» Blayds," Booth (12th 
week). Another two weeks in 
sight for this Milne comedy. Last 
week's business not much under 
previous week, with about $5,500 
"Billeted," Frazoe. Withdrawn with- 
out announcement Saturday. Was 
revival, moved up from Village, 
where it had two weeks. One 
week sufficed on Broadway. 
"Silver Wings," /polio (3d week) 

Film. Reported doing little. 
"Nero," Lyric (2d week). Film. 
Notices extraordinary but busi- 
ness off. 

"Sally" and "Tavern" With- 
out Opposition — Weather 
Driving 3 Plays Out 


Boston, May 31. 

Unless some unusual condition de- 
velops but two of Boston's legiti- 
mate houses will be open next week. 
"The Tavern" will continue on at 
the TremonJ and "Sally" at the Co- 
lonial, but the other three shows 
are due to drop out this week. It 
has been announced It is the final 
week for "Smooth as Silk," at the 
Selwyn and "Ladies* Night" at the 
Plymouth. No announcement has 
been made as yet regarding "The 
Last Waltz," but it is figured that 
in the several weeks it has been 
here it has about exhausted its draw 
and the closing notice is expected. 

As regards "The Tavern" and 
Sally" business was very good last 
week. As for the others weakness 
developed and with the opening of 
the summer season at the parks 
and the arrival in town of the first 
circus they are about through. 

The Sells-Floto circus is in town 
this week with the Ringling show 
next week. Tho summer parks 
opened Memorial Day and did a 
whale of a business. It is decided 
that "Little Nelly Kelly," the new 
Cohan musical show, will not open 
at the Tremont until July. It is 
doubtful if "The Tavern" will last 
as long as that and the possibility 
is that there will be a couple of 
weeks of darkness which Cohan will 
utilize in whipping the new produc- 
tion into shape. 

Estimates for last week: 

"Sally" (Colonial, 6th week). About 
same from start; gross around $32,- 
000 and no weakness noticeable. 

"The Tavern" (Tremont, 3rd 
week). About $15,000 and good for 
several weeks more, if Cohan de- 
sires to keep it on. His new musical 
show waiting the time when some of 
the "Sally" draw has evaporated. 

"8mooth as Silk" (Selwyn, 7th 
week). Under $4,000. showing 
weakness which made It bad busi- 
ness to keep show in even under 
economic conditions prevailing. Due 
to leave this week. 

"The Last Waltz" (Wilbur, 7th 
week). Signs of weakening and 
able to last out about one week 

z- •■•- 


"Ladies' Night" (Plymouth, 5th 
week). Cracked with first warm 
weather and will disappear at end 
of this week. 



"Letty" Left— Nothing 
pected Over Summer 



Layout May Mean Summer Premieres and Open 
Theatres — Princess May Join Shubert Open List 
— Medal Helps "Anna Christie' 9 

Philadelphia, May 31. 

One legitimate house ic still open 
here, and remains so another week, 
but aside from that, It looks like 
mothballs until Labor Day. 

The remaining show is "Letty 

Pepper," which has rather surprised 

even the most sanguine with a run 

of good business on a return visit 

to the Walnut. This is the seventh 

week (in all), and indications are 

that, unless a particularly hot wave 

comes along, the show will ride 
along with better than $10,000 

weekly grosses, and depart for Den- 
ver and the coast with a good profit. 

There have been many reports 
and rumors cf a successor at the 
Walnut. An attempt" to run as far 
into the summer as business per- 
mits, but at present writing it looks 
as if the house will be dai\ when 
"Letty" goes. "Sue, Dear," and a 
couple of other new musical shows 
were suggested. It is understood 
that the Walnut people were very 
anxious to break the recc t tradi- 
tion here against summer-going. 

The consensus of opinion here is 
that the legit houses closed Just in 
time this spring. The Garrick tried 
it a week too long with "Welcome 
Stranger," which cams back after 
an earlier run, and did n':ely up to 
last week, when it dropped to 

Complete mystery surrounds the 
proposition to put Alms into the 
;>Lyric for two weeks. Nothing more 
has been heard, and the idea seems 
to be all wet. The Garrick, toOr is 
not likely to get any films after all. 

The Broad Is still open nearly 
every night with amateur shows. 

Chicago, May 31. 
Switching of the leading gross 
dramatic attraction to another the- 
atre, two openings and the deter- 
mination of the Shuberts to have a 
higher percentage of attractions for 
at least June than was originally 
stated is a trio of facts, that brighten 
the spirit of those who take their 
theatricals serious the year-round. 
"Lilliom" is determined To seek 
further spoils beyond its usual flash 
of four weeks' good business by 
going to the Great Northern, and Al 
Spink will be kept on here to double 
the effort to create winning trade at 
the uncertain house. Into the Gar- 
rick June 5 goes the musical piece, 
"For Goodness Sake," which is the 
saliber of an attraction always 
sought for the Garrick over the hot 
months. "Liliom" has "caught on," 
but the question always is if this 
play's clientele is big enough to hold 
aloft the winning gross beyond four 
weeks. Chicago book-lovers will 
have a chance to outdo Boston and 
Philadelphia by continuing the pres- 
ent gait since the Shuberts have re- 
opened the Great Northern to hold 
"Liliom" in town. 

"The O'Brien Girl" is approaching 
the end of the engagement at 
Cohan's Grand, but it is a certainty 
George M. Cohan's entertainment 
will go out with a winning gross. 
There is talk that George M. wants 
Elizabeth Hines over in Boston for 
his new musical show, and it would 
be suicide to keep "The O'Brien 
Girl" here without the popular Hines 
girl. The negotiations for "The 
Charlatan" for Cohan's Grand sud- 
denly stopped, and Immediately 
news of the coming of "Madeleine of 
the Movies," with its title changed 
to "Garrison and the Girls," for June 
11 opening. This will return Donald 
Brian, credited with the faithful lo- 
cal following, as proved Joy his long 
stay here in "Buddies." Once word 
got around that Cohan's play was 
coming curiosity arose if Georgette 
Cohan was to come. Stunt admirers 
of George M. in the Loop — and they 
number in the thousands — are of the 
opinion, after the latest news, that 
it will be necessary for them to or- 
ganize and proceed in full formation 
to Boston and lassoo the little leader, 
yanking him into the Loop if they 
are ever to enjoy what he so abun- 
dantly gives Boston. 

The public announcement of the 
prize medal for Eugene O'Neil's 
play, "Anna Christie," came at a 
most appropriate hour for the Cort 
attraction. Spreading itself in no 
mistaken manner to reap the benefit 
of the award, the management is 
fighting away a sudden slump which 
hit the piece out of a clear sky. 
What effect the extraordinary hon- 
ors now owned by "Anna Christie" 
will have on increasing business will 
be a matter of speculation for the 
new week. 

"Just Married" and "Lilies of the 
Field" are keeping up their respec- 
tive good paces, with the former 
probably going into the lead for 
gross receipts among the non-musi- 
cal shows in town after "Liliom" 
goes to the Great Northern. There'll 
have to be considerable dent made 
in the bubbling enthusiasm now for 
"Just Married" to be forced out of 
town this summer. 

The total disappearance of bal- 
cony trade is hurting "Lightnin'." 
Loop geographlsts claim there is no 
hotter place than the vicinity of the 
B^ackstone when Old Sol steps on 
the gas, and there'll be no further 
chance to gauge "Lightnin's" try 
for the Sept. 1 mark until the real 
heat descends upon the community. 
But the balcony trade right now is 
known to be such that empty rows 
downstairs gives the gross a severe 
Jolt. There are plenty of rows 
downstairs outside of the Sunday 
and Saturday performances. 

The new openings, "The Hotel 
Mouse" at the Apollo and "Holly- 
wood Follies" at the Playhouse, will 
turn every trick to keep open these 
two houses, particularly the latter. 
Despite what may bethought around 
town, Lester Bryant has made a 
good clean-up in his first year as 
lessee of the Playhouse. A success 
to top off tho waning Season with 
plans to keep the house open during 
the summer would be a tremendous 
winner and send Bryant into tin 
new fall season heavily fixed finan- 
cially to function ideas now shap- 
ing. So speedily did the comuany 
members purchase tickets for Their 
friends for the IMayhotiso opfening 
that the hotels found themselves 
without opening pasteboards. It's 
a commonwealth basis entertain- 
ment, and because of this every tiling 
will be granted to koer; moving. 
"The Hotel Mouse" cr^pt quietly 
into the Apollo, and Whet force it 
will reveal will come dii><. tiy from 
the worth of the names '<,f Frances 

White and Taylor Holmy*. 
Next Sunday night -**Jn 



make 4 its biggest play for a brilliant 
opening at the Studebaker with the 
appearance of Patti Harrold, so- 
prano, daughter of the tenor, Orville, 
in the title role. Previous title roles 
for "Irene* 'in Chicago have been 
sung by Helen Shipman and Dale 
Winter. Due to disappointing out- 
looks on the coast, Leo Ditrichstein 
is known to be considering dates at 
the Studebaker for the latter part 
of July and the month of August. 
It appears the Studebaker is going 
to be a haven for unsettled plans 
and surprise bookings until the the- 
atre is takeh over by Tom Hanks 
and Frank Gazzolo on Oct. 1. 

Now that they have reopened the 
Great Northern and the Studebaker, 
the Shuberts will probably offer the 
Princess to the numerous stars and 
managers buzzing the wires for Chi- 
cago late spring and summer possi- 
bilities. This arrangement would 
have all the Shubert houses lighted 
up save the Central, bearing out tho 
statement that the Shuberts are 
fighltng hard to keep their houses 
open. With everybody concerned, 
this is o. k. except a couple of the 
dramatic editors who had purchased 
fishing utensils for early vacations 
and lasting longer than usual. As 
matters now form, the only "fishing" 
that can be done by the newspaper 
critics will be for reasons why the 
theatres should be kept open with 
the entertainment offered. It's an 
even break all-around with those 
who take their theatricals seriously 
the year around picking up their 
step because of the extended plans. 

Last week's estimates: — 
"Liliom" (Garrick, 3d week). Pri-. 
vato auto trade at matinees indi- 
cated best draw in town on gold 
coast patrons. Odd clientele at all 
times. Moves* June 5 to reopen 
Great Northern to give Garrick "For 
Goodness Sake," the right booking 
for hot months. Enough of "Lili- 
om's" clientele left to hold show in 
town until June 24. Slacked up a 
bit at $14,300. 

"Anna Christie" (Cort, 7th week). 
Something gave trade stiff uppercut, 
particularly going into last three 
performances of week, surprising 
everybody, but is bound to return to 
figures immediately over $10,000 
with terrific publicity now raging 
with play christened best of year 
and drawing prize medal. In case 
there is no response for the prize 
medal publicity/it's a guess if the 
Hopkins o Alice will keep piece here 
if it happens to fall below stop 
clause. House reckoning on holding 
play until August 20; $8,800 caused 
Mel Raymond to draw heavily on 
ammunition to stop sudden skidding. 

"It Pays to Smile" (Olympic, 6th 
and final week). Went out amid 
slow music, dropping hard and fast 
after the cut-rate tickets even failed 
to tally. Both house and company 
stabbed with exit gross of $3,600. 
No new attraction heralded. 

"Lightnin"' (Blackstone, 38th 
week). Balcony trade absolutely 
nil, and unless it returns, attraction 
will not hold figures management 
claims. One houso where figures are 
either boosted beyond reason or elsa 
closely guarded. Under the condi- 
tions of everything, happiness 
should be gained from gross of 

"Red Pepper" (Apollo, 7th and 
final week). Very sad business for 
Mclntyre and Heath, who drew as 
only sweet remembrance of this en- 
gagement a powerful personal trib- 
ute from Sheppard Butler in "The 
Tribune" in lengthy farewell criti- 
cism of the entertainment itself. 
"The Hotel Mouse" opened Monday. 

"The O'Brien Girl" (Cohan's 
Grand, 8 th week). Wednesday's 
matinee was suddenly called off, 
causing refund to early purchasers 
at usual matinee hour and also an- 
nouncement that midweek matinee 
will hereafter be omitted, saving 
management one-eighth perform- 
ance. With Adolph Klaubers "The 
Charlatan" deciding to stop nego- 
tiations, "Madeleine and the Movies," 
with name changed to "Garrison and 
the Girls," starring Donald Brian, 
announced for June 11, making right 
guess that "The O'Brien Girl" would 
he checked out when tho gross ap- 
proached $1.1,000. Despite the can- 
cellation of Wednesday matinee, 
Wednesday and Thursday night's 
grosses g.uned over previous week, 
allowing week to safelv hit $14,000. 

"Lilies of the Field" (Towers. 4th 
week), ritra-response from hotels 
g&VC this comedy good push fof* 
ward and saved falling-olf al win- 
dow because of stormy we. i! her. 
Largo convention in town wouM 
turn attention toward this offering, 
because check-room proves out-of- 
town patronage is ccming along 
nicely. Mighty swo r t at $9,600. 

"Molly Darling" < Palace. 3d week) 

Do Lylo Alda, local girl and wiih : 

(Continued on pi'*'* 1 '»■> 


Friday, June 2, 1&22 





[iuyRo** • K*bel Blaine 

Sr.h Latlui Lillian Roaedale 

r«l Shelbx Bright Han Qulnlan 

ffiir hli daughter Florence Ray field 

Sjcbard Pitney B » rro " Greenwood 

nollr Pitney Feme Rc«ere 

Krd Oathe-Coy ne Ch \ r *^ " r ? wn 

5^» ty Rob Nelnon 

£Tm # Bull SaMl Foo.shee 

fimmy Swift l>an Brennan 

Tommy Dodd i,** 1 *? *£"<** 

rirlat Ike Bee Ho Gray 

JJ"T_ Ada *bummervl|le 

ft. R.' Attorney Oeorge Youngman 

Rembrandt George Youngman 

fUmonda Eacamlllo 

This is the Shuberts production 
for Mclntyre and Heath, who rate 
as the oldest biackfaced funsters on 
the. boards. As a team they are 
Hearing their golden anniversary, 
and their managers rightly figured 
the nearly two and a half decades 
before the public had won a natural 
draw on the road. "Red Pepper" 
had its genesis in November, having 
been continuously on tour virtually 
all season. The show jumped into 
the Shubert Monday night from the 
Apollo, Chicago, where it played 
seven weeks. "The Hotel Mouse" 
leaped westward in exchange. "Red 
Pepper's" business was fairly good 
at the start in Chicago, but eased 
off for the latter half of the run. 
The show never was intended for 
Broadway except for an emergency. 
That arose when there was no suc- 
ceeding attraction for the Shubert, 
a house which the Shuberts desire 
to keep open continuously. 

Mclntyre and Heath were on early 
and often. They drew a hearty 
greeting, as due them after a season 
or two away from New York. James 
Mclntyre identified himself as "Jun- 
iper Berry," explaining his father 
was a hound for gin and wanted to 
keep the name in the family. Tom 
Heath as Jickson Weed could not 
disguise himself from being a bear 
for the bones, a gambling boy every 
time he saw money. 

Edgar Smith and Emily M. Young 
wrote the book, Into which is writ- 
ten in part the vaudeville bits so 
often employed by the team. One 
was the "whole shirt on your back" 
betting bit; another was a variation 
of the tomato idea. 

"Red Pepper'' has a supporting 
cast of vaudevillians, with four or 
five turns worked into the going and 
several specialties spotted where 
they were of the most benefit. Bee 
Ho Gray was allotted considerable 
time at the opening of the second 
act for his lariat manipulation. 
Gray chatted during his exhibition. 
(Which ended with roping "Onion," a 
white mustang ridden by Ada Som- 
merville. Gray worked in knife 
throwing and whip stuff during the 
comedy hold-up and tomato scene 
Of Mclntyre and Heath. 

Bob Nelson, first as a race track 
tout, is one of the few changes in 
the cast of the show after the first 
fj* °J eteht weeks. Set down near 
the finale, he stepped In for a hit 
with his nut, nervous style of song 
delivery. Herbert Heswon was at 
the piano for Nelson. A Chink num- 
ber sounded freshest and Jt was put 
across excellently, a first encore 
baving Nelson singing a new small 
town Dixie number. Florence Ray- 
neia is another change in the cast 
as originally lined up. She was an 
extremely nervous Ingenue during 
12* " rst act, but improved under 
Jhe steadying influence of Barrett 
Greenwood, the Juvenile. 

Svhn Fooshee Sisters, Gladys and 
Sybil, were refreshing and good to 

t?mi-^?u'*T WorkIn S wcI1 several 
fh?i7« lt! f £ elson and wortng with 

S?r J pc ?!? Ity in " one " The y also 

S2 f . tne ranch scene which 

2nd j m« he ^ Cond act Vivian "OH 

SSJtHnl a i n £°?? dal ° wcro on twIcc ' 
th« i. g u bolh tImes e^ctively. In 
Hal TffS 8C ^ no Dan Br °nnan and 
iev P r«i 2 V dancIn S as a team in 
■evera I spots, won recognition. 

awav ^,JJ abe i ! Elalne wh0 walked 
n7mLr Wth ,^ he snow,s Principal 
5„ C S' w^tten by Albert Gumble, 
Sis pKV rphy and IIow ard Rogers! 
hilhh? Ine ^ a3 In bur "t cork, as a 
highbrown whose hand was sought 

SUmSKS and . Jlm P«°n. "Strut 
the flSi ff comin e as the finale of 

of th^enTire 16 ^ CasHy the b ° 81 

I scenes they featured. There is still 
a hearty laugh-kick In the old team, 
and It is bound to count. 

"Red Pepper" came in on a warm 
evening, it is aimed to stay two 
months of summer and a bit longer 
if possible. At a scale of $2.50 top 
it might make the grade, though the 
management probably does not look 
for heavy takings. More than mod- 
erate business would be surprising. 
With the rent period over the show 
ought to operate to profit in low 
gear. /ac - 


Kurokl. Emmet O'Reilly 

5?3* Kar,ov Paul Everton 

mH^li »•••.; William CourtLlgh 

Edward Burlingame Bernard Reinold 

Kitty Conover Marlon Coakley 

Antonio Bernini George Frenser 

Stemmler. John Colvin 

John Hawkuley C. Henry Gordon 

Patrick Conroy M. Tello Webb 

Dr. Richard Harrison Victor Harrison 

Stepan Gregory Reginald Barlow 

Chauffeur George Golden 


score. Miss 
aside while the 


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of t£ „™ ,0 ?SI* «wallow-tail coats 

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scene finale in 

the oh'° act ' had the dancers of 
melon Si T ea i Iy drc9Sed ln waup. 

like all K !t ,5; XCO,>tiona,, y vv e". and, 
"*e ail strutting nnmiw„.L. it i„L^^,i 

Miss Elain 

aniah with a hard shoe routine: 

vi*;i rutt,n8r num bers, it landed.' 
KSh wSl! 16 f tep P cd aIo »e for the 

iiwp h a hard 8hoe routine, 
tine nn /L OS L or is credited with put 
SS5.S?.i h « dances. He appeared t« 

"The Drums of Jeopardy," by 
Harold MacGrath, ran in the "Sat- 
urday Evening Post" about two 
years ago as a serial. As a printed 
story it was interesting in its telling, 
the book itself also enjoying some- 
what of a vogue later. As a play, 
dramatized by Howard Herrick in 
collaboration with the novelist, it is 
the most obvious, unmystifying and 
uninteresting sort of "mystery" play 
imaginable. Coming on the tag end 
of a cycle of "mystery" mellers, the 
past success of "The Bat," "Cat and 
Canary," "Charlatan." et al.. will so 
far overshadow this one by compari- 
son that the word -of -mouth adver- 
tising of playgoers will only boom- 

The title refers to two emerald 
stones of almost magical power 
which have rested in a branch of 
the now defunct Russian family for 
ages. Cutty (William Courtleigh), 
a benign sort of war correspondent 
who has mysterious power to salve 
the police, is also an expert on gems, 
and recites part of the history of 
these drums of Jeopardy to Kitty 
Conover (Marion Coakley). It so 
happens that they are both dragged 
into the mystery as to who owns the 
emeralds as John Hawksley (C. 
Henry Gordon) has taken a room on 
the same floor in Kitty's boarding 
house. Hawksley proves to be the 
last descendant of the royal family, 
although educated in England. He 
has been followed around the globe 
by Bolshevikl intent on seizing the 
baubles, to be converted into food 
and supplies for their starving kins- 
men. Boris Karlov (Paul Everton) 
heads this insurgent band. Karlov 
is a madman who fancies he had 
been wronged by this fugitive scion 
of regal ancestry. Kitty Conover, as 
Irish in spirit as her name, refuses 
any suggestions from Cutty (Mr. 
Courtleigh) to change her abode for 
safety purposes. Cutty, on the other 
hand, refusing to divulge any reason 
therefor in order not to cause her 
any fear. Evidently the authors had 
intended to mystify the audience 
very much in this fashion, and thus 
increase the suspense. The objective 
was missed. The stage mechanics 
were so artificially obvious bare in- 
terest ln the developments flagged, 
if anything. 

Hawksley is the most manhandled 
character in the piece. Having been 
corporally assaulted with foul in- 
tent so often It is surprising he sur- 
vives for the curtain. A bang on the 
head evidently is dragged in to Jazz 
up the piece, the final k. o. resulting 
when Cutty and he goes to Kitty's 
rescue from the hands of Karlov. 
How Kitty in the first place has 
been enticed to Karlov's attlo is 
barely explained and not plausibly. 
As a matter of fact the inconsisten- 
cies are numerous. There is an in- 
coherence that defies sympathy and 
almost insults the intelligence. The 
attempt to ring in the anti-Bolshevik 
propaganda was palpably artificial 
and "American flag applause" ln in- 
tent. The audience scoffed silently 
and let it go at that. 

The piece cost little to put on, so 
Alfred E. Aarons, who is sponsoring 
the production on his own, will have 
little to mourn for. The play is ln 
five acts (programed merely as 
sccnes) t three the same, all interiors. 
The cast represents no great ex- 
pense. If there is a sufficient num- 
ber of the 2,500,000 readers the "Sat- 
urday Evening Post" brags located 
in the metropolis "The Drums of 
Jeopardy" may beat locally for a 
couple of weeks, with the assistance 
of Joe Leblang's bargain salesmen. 


which" r£l e 2? tnoso two " numbers, 
Plete - ^ e J ed U P t"e almost com- 


absence of "looks" 

in the 


The fifth week of the summer 
stock policy at this Harlem Keith's 
house (regular policy, big time 
vaudeville) has proved its practic- 
ability as a summer innovation. Its 
pormanency throughout the year 
would not bo a bad idea. Dramatic 
stocks are few and far between In 
the metropolis, and it la doubtful if 
one as high-grade holds forth in 
Greater New York at any time of 
the year. 

The neighbors appreciate the com- 
pany, and from personal knowledge 
several inveterate theatregoers, who 
for some roason or another have 

als in most of the other missed certain shows, travel quite 

«roD hart M ? n ? wlth a *° lf ,,nks 
»ome £?f M ? Intyro and ,,oath with 
thSff nwn terIa ] not identified with 
it is »m ' and the comedians made 

'ntm i? Ui i ng - *i Cath offcred Mc " 
«i iMftrfS a ha ™rd w a-«cad - 
an'Jf, n Qu«nlan proved himself 

^ thj Dri-^"- ra - ,Rht l ° th ° COrr '° dy 

some distance to this 125th street* 

"Smilin' Through" is the current 
attraction. While the recent release 
of the Norma Talmadge film version 
of Allan I.angdon Martin's play 
might be deduced as affecting any 
stock presentation, there was no evi- 
dence of it Monday night, according 
to the management. The Tuesday 
holiday was off, both matinee and 
evening, as was to be expected on a 
holiday. At that business was not 
so bad Tuesday evening. The man- 
agement avers that the first four 
weeks of the new policy have drawn 
consistently near-capacity audiences 

Dorothy Shoemaker, Dwight 
Meade, Houston Richards and Ted 
Wilson still head the company as fe- 
male lead, leading man, juvenile, 
and heavy, respectively. Miss Shoe- 
maker displayed unusual ability in 
the "Smilin* Through" role of an Irish 
lass, with a wealth of brogue and 
blarney at her tongue's command. 
She was a complete surprise and 
revelation compared to past per- 
formances in some of her vaudeville 
skits. Dwight Meade, the male lead, 
who because of the script appears 
in an old character role for the main 
part of the action excepting the 50 
years' flashback scene, did a flnc 
piece of work. Mr. Meade is said 
to be a stock favorite in the New 
England section. He should be re- 
viewed as a Broadway prospect. 
Ditto Miss Shoemaker, who has al- 
ready appeared in legit, and Mr. 
Richards and Mr. Wilson. The 
latter is an unusually convincing 
heavy. / 

The play when produced a little 
over two years ago with Jane Cowl 
starred did not mean so much on the 
"spiritualism" phase that is rather 
deftly handled. Just now, with 
Doyle, Lodge and others so much to 
the fore with their doctrines, it bo- 
comes a striking element in the re- 
count. For the final curtain, after 
the man who for 50 years has har- 
bored a grudge against the man who 
wronged him, Moonyeen Clare (Miss 
Shoemaker) "materializes" in spirit 
and meets her amour from whom 
she was so prematurely parted, say- 
ing, "if only these poor dears on 
earth who fear death would realize 
what awaits them, their whole life 
through they would keep smilin' 
through." Such propaganda for 
spiritualism is far more effective 
than reams of sernuns a d lectures. 

The play, which has been fully 
dealt with before, admittedly is a 
sweet creation. It has proved itself 
by its long stay at the Broadhurst 
two years back. As a stock favor- 
ite it will always please. Its pro- 
duction and props make it highly 
practical for any high-grade stock 

William Webb, the director of the 
company, is deservant of commenda- 
tion for his staging. Abel. 


The Alhambra Players are ln 
their second month at Ward & 
Glynne's Alhambra, Brooklyn, lo- 
cated at Knickerbocker avenue and 
Halsey street. The house formerly 
played vaudeville, with stock in- 
stalled this spring for a trial. The 
recruiting of a generally worth- 
while organization put the new 
policy over. The Alhambra is well 
situated for stock. It is a neigh- 
borhood house in a thickly popu- 
lated section. A goodly portion of 
the clientele secured with vaude- 
ville has been retained and the more 
staid members of the community 

For the current week, 'The 
Naughty Wife," a comedy ln three 
acts written by Fred Jackson and 
Edgar Selwyn, is played. As a 
Broadway attraction the piece failed 
to attract much attention. As a 
stock production it fits nicely. Short 
cast and two sets. As produced by 
this Brooklyn company it proved 
entirely satisfactory, the clever 
handling of the lines and the two 
attractive sets used helping the 
piece materially. 

The Alhambra company has 
Charles D. Pitt as director. Pitt 
put on "The Naughty Wife" in ex- 
pert style. His people were well 
directed and gave an entirely satis- 
factory performance with the ex- 
ception of Margaret Bird, the soc- 
ond woman. She appeared at sea 
throughout -nd became the only 
discordant note ln the entire pro- 
duction, lone Magrane handled the 
lead capably. Miss Magrane is a 
leading woman of experience. She 
can effectively handle an engenue 
lead, or the heavier dramatic type. 

The present crop of new plays 
for stock call, to large extent, for 
an engenue leading woman. The 
Alhambra company Is well fortified 
In this respect with Miss Magrane. 
Robert Hyman played the male lead. 
He has established himself as a 
leading man should. His work in 
"The Naughty Wife" was admir- 
able. He secured all that could be 
gotten out of the part and added a 
comedy touch at , mes that pro- 
duced returns. Orris Holland, a 
juvenile comedian, was entrusted 
with the third Important role. Not- 
withstanding a certain staglness In 
his work, the part was worked up 
nicely. Character roles were en- 
trusted to Carrie Lowo, Louis Al- 
bion, Bernard J. McOwen and Wil- 
liam Davldge. The minor parts 
were II well placed. 

The Alhambra company has es- 
tablished itself on Its merits. An 
up-to-date selection of plays has 
been made, with th* productions 



London, May 19. 

"Whirled Into Happiness," a new 

George Edwardes production, had 

its premiere at tl Lyric last night. 

The original book 1 . by Robert Bo- 
danzky and Bruno Hardt -Warden; 
English adaptation and lyrics by 
Harry Graham. Music by Robert 
Stolz. Described on the program as 
a musical farce, the phrase should 
really designate it a romantic mu- 
sical farce — or, better still, an at- 
tempt to produce a romantic musical 

This is not an easy task and the 
demerits of the presentation can 
readily be traced to such an effort. 
Producers of musical shows have 
always found it a difficult matter 
to blend romance with farce for the 
reason that when the author shifts 
to romance the farcical action is 
delayed in its progression, and 
necessitates practically a new start 
at the conclusion of each "romantic" 

The story itself is essentially 
romance, but so elemental in plot 
it would not meet with general ap- 
proval unless unfolded via the 
farcical situations and dialog. A 
young marquis has arranged to oc- 
cupy a box at the theatre wearing 
a monocle with a blue ribbon at- 
tached, by which the daughter of a 
wealthy plebeian will recognize him. 
He arrives in the foyer of the the- 
atre where his mistress, Delphine, 
hearing of the proposed meeting, 
slaps his face, knocking his monocle 
off, and It Is left upon the floor. 
Enter a barber with a gallery ticket, 
who picks up the blue ribboned 
monocle. A theatre attendant mis- 
takes him for the young marquis 
and insists on placing him in the 
stage box. It is hardly necessary 
to go further into details of the 
complications arising therefrom. 

Whilst such a premise offers un- 
limited opportunity for comedy, the 
author has not taken full advantage 
of it, and as a consequence "Whirled 
Into Happiness'' will probably prove 
a halfway success when it might 
have been what we in America 
would describe as a knockout. 

The piece starts very slowly, 
practically the entire first act being 
taken up in developing the simple 
plot In a tedious fashion. The music 
is not the kind that will be sung 
and whistled about tow^i, but it does 
nicely. It varies from mild synco- 
pation to dignified concerted num- 

Billy Merson heads the cast in the 
low comedy role of the music hall 
attendant who annexes himself to 
the bogus marquis in the belief that 
he has become the valet of a titled 
gentleman. Tori Walls contributes 
a legitimate cockney characteriza- 
tion of the millionaire hat manu- 
facturer who is anxjous to break 
into society. Lily St. John supplies 
beauty, youth and an excellent voice 
to the role of the daughter. Mai 
Bacon makes an attractive French 
music hall start, albeit an over- 
weening desire to lift her skirts and 
display her lower limbs, which 
predilection does not seem to have 
been at all curbed by the producer. 

One of our high class new musical 
comedy producers might be able to 
stage an elaborate edition of 
"Whirlod Into Happiness" In a 
manner that would appeal to the 
American public. In its present 
form it is not likely the piece would 
succeed there. Jolo. 


Paris, May 20. 
Marcel Nancey, running the Deux 
Masques on the same lines as the 
Grand Gulgnol, has presented a 
new program, equal In all respects 
to the former, with both quantity 
and quality — perhaps more of the 
former. Five pieces are given, the 
hcadliner being "Vers l'Au-Dela," 
drama in two acts by Paul d'Estoc 
and C. Hellem. This Is another 
medico-tragedy, describing an ex- 
periment made by a physician to 
solve the query whether the brain 
survives after the heart has ceased 
to beat. A woman Is to be executed 
for murder. Professor TIercelot 
obtains permission from the au- 
thority to repeat the trial made 
years ago In Brussels. At the time 
of the execution a girl is mes- 
merized, ordered to believe she Is 
the prisoner, and after the latter's 
death the said medium Is supposed 
to feel the sensation of the entrance 
Into eternity. The medium is a 
medical student, daughter of the 
prosemtlng magistrate. She offers 
herself for the experience unknown 
to her father. At the moment of 
the prisoner's death ' y the guillo- 
tine she shows slqrnq of pain, kicks 
and faints, and then also expires. 
The doctor Is cr.rry at this conclu- 
sive result, and b* comes delirious, 
while the father Is In despair. This 

above the average f<<r stock. The 
admission scale is 7. r » conts top at 
night and 33 cents for matinees 
during tlie week, and 50 cents Sat- 
urdays and hollda s. 

The house Is managed by George 
Kann. who has conducted It suc- 
cessfully for the owners for some 
time. Th# Henry Frankel orchestra 
Is one of the prides of the com- 
munity. , uorU 

drama succeeds ln creating an at- 
mosphere of horror, considered Im- 
perative for an entertainment af 
this category. 

Another drama is •'Solitude," two 
acts by Piere Palau. laid ln the 
backwoods of Canada, where a 
Dominion official pretends he Is 
summoned to a distant village, In- 
tending to return to the log cabin 
and rob himself of the rents he has 
recently collected foi the govern- 
ment. His own wife, not recog- 
nizing her spouse when she detects 
a man entering the room, fires her 
revolver and kills the guilty sheriff. 
It constitutes a good sensational 
drama for this class of little theatre. 

*'Edouard," one-act comedy by 
Ernest Depre, concerns a burglar 
caught by Blanche, vaudeville 
artiste, ln her flat. Smooth- 
tongued, he quickly wins the confi- 
dence of the woman by making her 
a present of the money he has 
previously stolen from a cupboard 
and becomes her protector. 

"Le Procede- Vibrant," a spicy 
cynical sketch by Michel Cazavan. 
terminates the mixed bill which 
begins by a sporting farce, "La 
Tuyau," by Jack Abeille. 

On the whole, in the opinion of 
those who like this sort of dope, 
the new program is up to high- 
water mark. Kendrcw. 

—r-M i— 


^ Paris. May 13. 

This light comedy ln three acts 
and an epilog, by Sacha Gultry, re- 
cently produced with success at the 
Theatre Edaourd VII, is reported to 
be the 40th theatrical effort of the 
versatile young actor-playwright 
In this Instance he has not taken 
much track of the plot, but dressed 
his title to get the highbrows won- 
dering what the little hand was 

"Une Petite Main qui se place" 
("A little hand that gets a place") 
refers to a dressmaker's assistant, 
termed a petite main in the vernacu- 
lar, who secures a Job with a doctor 
after ho has examined her under the 
belief she is a new patient. Em- 
ployment ln her own trade being 
rare, she seeks a position as parlor 
maid. The doctor discovering his 
wife is deceiving him with his best 
friend (that Is the usual role of the 
best friend in French comedy) does 
not hesitate to take the needle plyer 
for a walk in the park, while a de- 
tective secures motion pictures of 
the wife's treachery which are pro- 
jected for the edification of the 
audience and are warranted to ob- 
tain the requisite divorce. 

This unique plot is told In the 
very best Sacha style, recommended 
as an after-dinner cocktail. The 
first act particularly keeps the lucky 
fans In a continual giggle and is a 
prize -package for early attendance. 
Many other authors tackling this 
modern subject would have flopped. 

SnL J' M ng i ® acha irrespectively 
dabbed like the rest of us by the 
rising generation aa a petit vleux. 
is equal to the occasion. He has 
studied human nature. Is experi- 
enced in observation, has evidently 
a kind heart and a ready wit, so he 
easily fashions a gem from the com- 
monest me'al, or a silken purse out 
of a sow's ear. I know of no other 
playwright who can attract a crit- 
ical public, anxious to find fault, 
with such a trivial plot as that so 
often handled by Sacha Gultry But 
he must not ovordo It, notwithstand- 
ing he has again made good this 

,*#??* * of hln a8s<4 t« Is the choice 
of his troupe: In the present comedy 
he has the right person for each 
part, himself likewise perfoct as 
the elderly doctor who practises 
medicine as a pastime. Yvonne 

while Betty Daussmond ably invl 
personates the unfaithful wife. 



-,. . - Paris, May 20. 

miT «♦ ?° W . f0 " r " ac t Parisian com- 

SSLv a^ ,s ^ e r nouU Panted last 
week at the Potlnlere is on a moth- 
eaten subject. Robert, an ^ Idle 
young guy, on the council of friends 
marries Madeleine after a short ac- 
quaintance in order to got rid of an 
embarrassing mistress. The young 
couple quickly perceive they ha vl 
made a deplorable mistake and de- 
cide to get a speedy divorce. 

Hwi« ,o r thla forma, "y oven the 
£VS!S!nf 8 .° m ° tan S |b '<» Pretext, 
so Robert declares ho has another 

of old letters written by the former 
ml8tr P j S . Madeleine', pride Is hurt 

KLff*!, EW? 1 ** nnd flhe Pretends 
heir friend. George, has made over- 
tures to her. Such confession ex- 
rites the ..ushand's Jealousy, until 
he Innocent George Is able to prove 

It* i!i e a ""jPterfuge invented bv 
MndoMno bemuse she felt voxo,\ 

SSUVS ,,,M9,on of 8'ncere af- 
fection Is merely a matter of amour 
prnj.rc, , ut !t is sufficient for Ihim 

lo vr„^V ndCr * • Ino PretensesTf 
love united several months loncer 
when, as ft mutter of fact the v 
Ann My divorce. * thCy 

Two years later Madeleine cnlN 
o son ncr former husband to ask 
Ms a.lvice relative to her remarry- 
ing. Do assures her there jj no 
(Continued on 



Friday, June 2, 1922 

: : i 





(Nellie Revell has been for nearly three years confined to her room 
»nd cot in the St. Vincent Hospital, Seventh avenue and Twelfth street, 
New York City. Without having moved from one position within the past 
six months (Miss Revell having lost the use of her spine) she has written 
and dictated these weekly articles for Variety, at the same time having 
variously contributed to other periodicals. Miss Revell has been called 
the bravest woman in the world by many.) 

Did you ever take your car to a garage to have a slight repair made 
•nd then And out there were so many things the matter with it you 
wondered how it ever held together? Well, that is exactly what hap- 
pened to me. When my chassis got disabled by the mishap to my 
carburetor and I had to be towed to this human garage for housing 
and repairs I had no idea that it would be so long before I was again 
stepping on the accelerator. Nor did I suspect that the medico-me- 
chanics could possibly And so many things wrong with my differential 
gears, ignition and lubrication. Had I known I presume I would have 
keen skilled enough a chauffeur to have applied the emergency brake 
and stopped to have my magneto overhauled. But as a matter of fact 
1 didn't realize that my cylinders were misfiring until the motor balked 
and the repair men put on the muffler. Thank Heaven my spark plug 
continue 1 to function and my shock absorbers were in good condition, 
otherwise I do not know what would have happened while my tonneau 
has been undergoing remodeling. There have been times when I came 
near being short-circuited, but happily that dangerous curve in the road 
now seems to have been passed. When my transmission gets O. K. 
again, my radiator becomes normal and the storage battery is fully 
charged I am going to attach the non-skids and sail up Broadway with 
the throttle wide open and all cylinders working. Please excuse my 

In the mail recently I received from Julius Witmark a copy of a 
eong I wrote oh, ever so many years ago, and on the title page was a 
picture of me taken ditto. The number was supposed to be a comedy 
coon song entitled "After What He Done to Me," and Mr. Witmark 
ventured the opinion that it was more timely now than then. He 
promises or threatens to sing it for me just as soon as I can stand 
the ordeal. 

Stephen Clow doesn't write to me very often, but when he does he 
•ays something. He can even discourse most entertainingly on the 
uibject of boils. 1 quote an excerpt from a recent letter: 

Indeed I never can get over my amazement at your endurance 
and your cheerfulness. Personally I have no patience under 
suffering. In the past four months I have been tormented with 
boils and have exhausted the entire vocabulary of the obscenity, 
so much bo that my wife has threatened to run out on me if I 
don't stop. What I have suffered must be but a drop in the 
bucket as compared with you, and would be taken by you with 
a smile. However, as you have so often remarked, suffering has 
some wonderful revelations of the soul and spirit Inextricably 
associated with it. You recall Shelley's marvelous line — in "The 
Skylark" — about learning in suffering what he taught in song, 
and Goethe's, so beautiful and magical that I venture to give you 
a free translation of the stanza: 

"Who has not eaten his bread In sorrow, 
In anguish waited for the morrow, 
Throughout the long night hours — 
He knows ye not, ye heavenly powers." 
J've got you, Mr. Stephen, but my optimism has been greatly exag- 
gerated. I don't smile at boils. I am still human. 


Silvio Hein, accompanied by Mrs. Hein, came direct from the Lenox 
Hill Hospital where he underwent a serious spinal operation to show 
me how well he was getting along. We exchanged stories about the 
chart hounds. And what Silvio and I cannot tell you about ortho- 
pedics isn't or ain't. 

Jenie Jacobs was another convalescent visitor. She, too, is using a 
cane, but very grateful for her miraculous escape. 

The passing of Tom Oliphant was a great shock to me. We had 
been friends for years, he, too, having come from Indianapolis. We lived 
in the same building in New York, his apartment being directly under- 
neath mine. When my collapse came he was one of the first to come 
to me and to spread the news among our mutual friends. He promoted 
and arranged a Christmas tree for me my first Christmas here. He 
was a good friend. His passing is a distinct personal loss to me and 
1 griev 1 with and for his widow. 

You know how mad you get because a telephone operator, a waiter 
or a bell boy doesn't answer your ring as .soon as you thipk they should. 
Well imagine my state of mind when I rang 30 minutes for a nurse 
the other day before ono appeared. Then learned that this large hall 
lull of patients, five of us helpless, had Veen left in the care of but two 
student nurses with on<- taking a patient to X-ray and the other had 
gone oul to get her hair bobbed, leaving us without a nurse. The nun 
who has charge of the floor had gone to prayers. There were graduate 
nurse.* on the floor, hut they were specials, and in case of fire they 
would naturally look out for their own patients. But I shudder to think 
what wo Id have become of the rest of us. 

Some of you may think you are in tough luek because you have to 
get i doctor's prescription to get a drink. But I had to have a doctor's 
prescription tu get a bath. A nurse had told mo I could have only one 
bath a week, as they were too busy to give me more. So I asked my 
doct .' about it. The order book now reads: "Revell, two baths a 

To Mr. and Mrs. Will Cressy belongs the distinction of having thought 
of something to brin, that is at least different from anything yet 
offered. Will brought a hat brush. (The might just as well have 
brought a pair of roller skates or a bicycle.) Will says he read in my 
column that Blanche Ring was going to buy me a nice new hat and 
thought a ha brush might come In hand., I love Will's optimism as 
well as his originality Also his cheering visits and letters. Likewise 
bis endless fund of corking stories which T retail to the doctors. 


(Continued from page 12) 

$75,000 annual rental. When Cohan & Harris bought the lease from 
Wagenhals & Kemper $40,000 was their yearly rental. 

"Partners Again," the comedy smash at the Selwyn, New York, and an 
addition to the "Potash and Perlmutter" plays, brings to light the reason 
why none of the P. and P. plays have never been done in pictures. 
Montague Glass has steadfastly refused to sell the rights of any of his 
plays or stories of the characters he created. His contention even when 
the P. and P. series was interrupted, and it was uncertain when another 
play of the kind would reach the boards, was that once a Potash and 
Perlmutter play should be sold for pictures it would not be long before 
the P. and P. stories were merged and shown broadcast. That, the 
author believed, would destroy the P. and P. names for the stage. His 
refusal to sell for pictures makes the prospect of bigger profits for 
"Partners Again" stronger, he contends. It is assumed the film rights 
for the new show might bring $100,000, but the show is anticipated to 
make $1,000,000. 

William Moore Patch, who prdouced several musical shows on Broad- 
way, is back in Pittsburgh where he is engaged in the insurance busi- 
ness. He was formerly dramatic critic for the Pittsburgh "Dispatch," 
but branched out in the show game during the war when he produced a 
propaganda play called "The Man Who Stayed at Home." The piece 
was later taken to Boston, Patch in the meantime coming to New York 
and establishing offices. The play was put on here earlier under the 
name of "The White Feather." Patch for a time was also interested in 
moving pictures. 

The "Plantation" wave that has given that. Broadway cabaret capacity 
business nightly with a $2 coveur charge per -person to see an all- 
colored floor revue running 50 minutes must have made Broadway the- 
atre owners and producers think what caused it. Plantation seats 225. 
The revue has been running there for some weeks. "Shuffle Along" gave 
an entire evening's performance of all colored for $2.50. Other $2.50 and 
$3 shows along the main line have been doing hardly more in gross 
than the total of Plantation's coveurs. In the restaurant, of course, the 
coveur is merely tacked on to the food check. Heavy attendance means 
a much greater gross in all than the calculation by the capacity at 
$2 per could figure. 

Cabaret-restaurant men are a funny lot. If the place is doing busi- 
ness and you ask what is the draw the restaurateur says it's the place. 
If business is bad ho says it's the show. As Plantation changed its 
name from Folies Bergere when putting on the colored performance, 
and as the performance isn't anything unusual, the wise Broadwayites 
have concluded the one responsible is Eddie Fidgeon, who press agented, 
publicized and exploited what was thought to have been an impossibility 
into a midnight rage. 

What "Chauve Souris" did because it charged $5 a seat as the Russian 
fad Plantation did because it charged $2 and demanded evening clothes 
for the colored fad, backed up by that fine inside and internal work a 
publicist like Pidgeon gets over without any part of the extra finesse 
appearing in the newspapers. It looks as though Eddie made society 
go to Plantation and the rest followed as they always do. 

Promoting this colored floor revue was skillful, adroit and experienced. 
It's the hardest Job a publicity man could tackle — putting over a res- 
taurant that had died, and the Folies Bergere had died — even Eva Tan- 
guay couldn't bring life to it. 

The borrowed costumes, hats and props of "Zero," the "society show" 
which was put on at the 44th Street some weeks ago. have been returned 
to the establishments lending them, including Giddings. and Best & Co. 
The show was put on under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. N. Hamilton 
Dalton. The scale was $5 top and the show could have played to about 
$38,000 gross. Its actual takings were reported about 10 per cent, of 
that. The house was under a rental, but because of bills taken care 
of by the theatre and other things the 44th Street took a loss of about 

The production of "Go Easy Mabel," the musical show under the 
direction of Lee Morrison, which stayed but two weeks at the Longacre, 
New York, is still within that house, there being unpaid claims due the 
management. The show starred Ethel Levey and featured Estelle Win- 

That some cabaret shows act as training schools for Broadway atten- 
tion has been known for a long while past. Many of the better known 
names in present Broadway musical comedies ct the past season came 
from the cabarets. The closing of Percy Elkeles' "Flotilla Revue" at 
the restaurant of that name last week was another example. Of the 
review's company, Truman Stanley was drafted for the next season's 
road tour of "Dearie," Lessie Nazworthy was engaged as a specialty 
dancer in the new "P'ollies," Zella Sharp was sent to Chicago to take a 
role in "The O'lhicn Girl" and nine of the Flotilla's choristers were signed 
for the chorus of the new "Follies." 

There's a story around Broadway that actors and actresses playing 
Shubert houses in Chicago are finding it difficult to happily pick their 
own hotel when Tat Henry arrives on the scene in tho interests of Sam 
Gerson's offices. The Shuber* publicity in Chicago is handled out of the 
Gerson offices, separate from John J. Garrity's otfices, and Henry is 
Gerson's right hand man. Henry plugs for the Congress Hotel until 
now he has been christened a "hotel runner." There are actors and 
actresses, desirous of living elsewhere in Chicago during their engage- 
ments, who fear they will not be favored with Shubert publicity unless 
they go the way of Henry's enthusiasm and register at the Congress 

Inasmuch as a good hotel war Is expected in Chicago this fall, with 
theatrical people getting a "break" in rates, the affiliation of Henry 
with the Gerson offices and hammering away so strongly on behalf of 
the Congress Hotel is expected to bring a retort from other Chicago 
hotels that are extremely friendly to the Shubert interests. 

Chief Magistrate McAdoo has been investigating "The Hairy Ape." 
Wonder If he is trying to ascertain the number of hairs or fleas? 

A woman who lost $200,000 in gems while at sea is said to have 
protested nt the high cost of ocean trav«r\ At least she has first hand 

Recently in London a remarkable tribute to the memory of Charles 
Frohman, who went down with the Lusitania, was paid at the hotel 
Savoy by a party of friends and fellow workers. Earlier in the day a 
wreath of American Beauty roses was placed on the chair in the Savoy 
grill room, which Mr. Frohman occupied when in London, and where he 
carried through some of his famous theatrical deals. Speeches were made 
bearing on Frohman's efforts to promote the Anglo-American entente. 

Ex-Kaiser Wilhelm has written a book of 100,000 words, explaining 
he didn't start the war. Before tho reviewers get through with him 
he'll be sorry lie ever left the woodpile. 

Now that the GeneMkl Assembly of the Presbyterian Church has ap- 
proved of Sunday Joy rides motortafci arc expected to refrain from 
slipping washers into the collection plates. 


Sidney Levey, manager of I ensacola's finest theatre, sends a box of 

native pecans. I wa« well remembered by the Leveys last week. Besides 

ney I hearc* from Iiert. of vaudeville, rt and literary fame; Abe, who 

fs^general manager for Sam H. Harris, and Ethel, our own musical 
comedy star, but claimed by London. I found myself thinking about 
two other Leveys. The lamented old time friend, agent and manager, 
Ja-k Levey, husband of Delia Fox, several years deceased, ai d Jules 
Levey, who with his Solo B cornet has never been replaced. I wonder 
do other people have runs on name* like I do. I mean getting mail from 
several people of the same name on the same day as in the instance 
Of the four Leveys. One day I heard from five Arthurs in the same mail: 
Arthur Brisbane, Arthur Rosenfield, /rthur Clark, Arthur Kane and 
Arthur O. May. Sounds like an attack of Arthur write us. 

A Pennsylvania judge refused to divorce a man whose wife used rougr 
and lipstick too freely. Grateful flappers wishing to show their appre- 
ciation of the decision are said to be organizing petting parties for the 

(Continued from page 11) 
the famous P. S. McMahon, former 
owner of the old Keeney theatre 
and still proprietor of the famous 
Hotel Bronson, played a central role. 
When Cormlcan failed to make an 
appearance Saturday after the final 
curtain, the company held a meet- 
ing to consider "ways and means.'*- 
Lynn Starling, the leading man, 
and Kathryn Meredith, whom Cor- 
mlcan brought here by means of a 
flattering offer, were appointed a 
committee to wait upon McMahon. 
That is all the committee did— 
"waif* on McMahon — for, according 
to report, "P. S." remains the same 
old "P. S.," wherein actors and 
nickels are nicked. "P. S." had 
"done all he was going to," and the 
committee returned with the dis- 
appointing ^report. 

Last week the company put on 
"Smilin' Through,'* and, being a 
leally capable troupe, drew forth 
commendation from local press 
critics. Several times during the 
week various members of the com- 
pany threatened to "quit cold" if 
not given some of the money due 
them. C o r m i c a n, when badly 
pressed, agreed to allow the com- 
pany to take the box office receipts. 
Business was so poor that some 
nights only $35 was divided among 
the troupe. To make matters more 
interesting for Cormlcan, and 
"tough" for the company, A. Rosen 
of the Rosen Film Delivery System 
of New Haven brought a suit for 
$250 against Cormican, securin^ an 
at achment on Saturday's box office 
receipts, which action made it im- 
possible for the company to divide 
the receipts of the only fairly large 
house of the week. 

Realizing that their chances of 
collecting even part of their salaries 
were slim, members of the company 
consisted Lawyer Nair, placing their 
cases in their hands. Monday Law- 
yer Nair issued the following write 
against Cormican, which are re- 
turnable in the City Court at New 
Britain on the third Monday in 
June: Edna Archer Crawford. 
$113.65; Lynn Starling, ♦235.45; 
Kathryn Meredith, $100.05; Marcelle 
Nelkcn, $95.41; Rexford Kendrick, 
$229.68; George Campbell, $38.67; 
Desmond Gallagehfl $150; Thomas 
Me eg in, $45.32; Horace James, 
$146.64. The actions make it im- 
possible for Cormican to transfer 
his lease. According to current re- 
port, he had been negotiating with 
a Bristol. Conn., party to take over 
the lease for motion pictures and 

At the end of the first act Satur- 
day night, Marcelle Nelken, who is 
this week appearing with Louis 
Mann in "Friendly Enemies" at 
White Plains, N. Y., refused to 
continue the performance unless 
given part of the money due her. 
There had been some talk among 
the members of the company to 
take a similar stand, but when they 
failed to, Miss Nelken "went it 
alone," refusing to go on in tho 
second and final acts. Lynn Star- 
ling and Rexford Kendrick are also 
appearing with Mann In "Friendly 
Enemies" at White Plains, N. Y., 
this week. 

According to Cormican when he 
came to New Britain, his plan was 
to establish an Actors' Fidelity 
League house here. His first diffi- 
culty began when union stagehands 
made demands for a larger crew 
and higher wages. He refused to 
concede to their demands, and union 
musician went on strike with the 
stagehands. After affecting a set- 
tlement with the stagehands, the 
Hartford musicians' union placed 
Cormican on the "defaulters' list" 
for failure to pay the sum of $166.75 
owed members of the Hartford local 
from the year previous, when Cor- 
mican managed a stock company in 
Hartford. A settlement was ef- 
fected by Cormican's making a part 
payment. It is understood that had 
the theatre remained open this 
week, tho Hartford local would 
have again placed Cormican on the 
"defaulters' list," ho having failed 
to make a payment of the second 
installment due on their bill. 

Cormican, it is said, plans to open 
the house with pictures and vaude- 
ville next week, but this is open to 
violent debate here. Business at 
the Lyceum has been poor for a 
long time. The owner of the place 
\ Walinfy Lech. 

An accounting of the estate left 
hy Daisy Hardenberg Andrews, a 
play broker, who died March 4, 1921, 
leaving a will naming her father, 
Walter Scott Andrews, as execu- 
tor, has been tiled in the Surrogat* s 
Court. The executor charges him- 
self with $1,999.78. Against this 
amount he credits himself wi'h $1.- 
299.13. leaving a balance * $700. M 
Claims against the estate by 24 
creditors amount to $",707.62. 



(Continued from page 13) 
railroad fares and $4,317 for bag- 
gage hauls. The item of light opera- 


t extra stage hands was 

about that of the transfer charges. 

m A. „l(r..if.tlr>n nal/4 fOT itS 

profit of 

Th( attraction paid 

production and showed a 
$36 000 for two seasons. The 
ond had a profit of $5,000 on papers, 
but the manager paid $55,000 for 
the production and stands to lose 
$50,000 on the venture. 

Better sharing terms are not con- 
ceded possible, nor a revision of the 
labor costs is not looked for, though 
from the analysis that class of ex- 
penditure is considerable. Man- 
agers say that salaries for next 
season appear about the same as 
this, despite the record-breaking 
volume of failures and the growth 
of the c j-operative idea. The only 
talk of revising theatre labor scales 
was at the I. A. T. S. E. convention 
and that applied to the small stands. 
Local scales for some one-nighters 
was shown to call for payment for 
the entire week, even when the 
house played attractions for a few 
dayr of the week. The logic of 
putting such scales on a perform- 
ance basis was recognized. 

Broadway has two class openings 
next week, both set for Monday 
premiere conflict. Ziegfelds "Fol- 
lies" moved its first night back to 
Monday from Tuesday, whereas 
Morris Gest has already announced 
his premiere at the Century Roof 
promenade theatre of a new show 
by the "Chauve-Souris" company, 
the Russian novelty bunch headed 
by the comedian. Nlkita Balieff. 
Gest claims to have the call from 
many society patrons. The roof 
house holds about 500 persons and 
the scale will be kept at $5 top. 
The critics will be divided between 
the two premieres, unless there is 
a change in the opening date for the 
"Follies." The revival of "The 
Rivals" at the Empire for one week 
is likely to split the reviewing cor- 
don three ways. 

The closing list has three sure 
withdrawals up to Wednesday, but 
indications were for double that 
number this week. "The Demi-Vir- 
gin" will leave the Eltinge dark 
after Saturday; that goes for the 
Lyceum, from which "The French 
Doll" departs; "The Rotters" will 
give up, after only two weeks at the 
39th Street, which once more puts 
up the shutters. The 49th Street 
passes out of the picture for the 
summer, with the moving of 
"Chauve-Souris" to the especially 
remodeled Century Roof. Whether 
"The Rose of Stamboul," playing 
downstairs in the Century, will con- 
tinue is questionable, and is likewise 
for some of the dramas which are 
being gambled against the weather. 

Last week's closing list was in- 
creased by two, for a total of seven 
withdrawals. The added departures 
were "Salome." which couldn't pull 
over a few dollars into the Klaw for 
the one week of its run, and "Bil- 
letted," a revival, which moved up- 
town from the Village to the Frazee 
and lasted the same number of days. 

An added summer musical show 
In sight in "Spice of 1922," a revue 
of proportions, which is due into the 
Astor. succeeding "The Bronx Ex- 
press" June 26. It will open at At- 
lantic City the week before. 

Four next shows were announced 
for the current week. There was 
some doubt as to the premiere of 
"A Pinch Hitter," listed to bow in 
Thursday night at the Henry Miller. 
"Heads I Win," said to have re- 
hearsed, but briefly was marked to 
reopen the Karl Carroll Tuesday but 
the opening was redated to Friday. 
Monday night two shows did open. 
'Drums of Jeopardy" at the Gaiety 
disclosed a mystery plot, rehearsed 

'cold" open 

only two weeks and a 

Jig. There was some doubt as to 

its continuance. "Red Pepper" the 

Mclntyre and Heath show that has 

been on tour all season entered the 

onubcrt. there aimed for summer 


The two special Fox picture show- 
ings nre failure to date. 'Xero," 
Which won really fine notices, is not 
drawing anything like what was ox- 
nected. while next door "Silver 
Jv 1 ***" ta reported losing at the 
Tat <-' of $.-,000 a week. An Aug- 
mented orchestra is the big Item of 

Wpense In addition to the rent. 

Only Eight "Buys" Left 

1,1 the premium agencies there 

arebw eight "buys- remaining with 

* n<J arrival of June. The agency 

"»en fjgure that is about all thev 

we to carry at thin time and that 

£unin , v.-eek a few e>f these will 

J * Wiped out with the advent of the 

* n »»'l 'Follies." the only thing at 

i resent on the horizon as a possible 

P ," y _. for them. Vp to mid-week 
no Zioyfei,, ,, ad nol ma(1(¥ any ftn _ 

nouncement as to outside agencies, 
but it ia generally believed there 
will be no hitch in regard to the 
brokers' seats. 

The eight shows in the buy list 
are "Kikl" (Belasco), "Kempy" 
(Belmont), "Captain Applejack" 
(Cort), "Good Morning Dearie" 
(Globe), "Music Box Revue" (Music 
Box), "Cat and the Canary" (Na- 
tional), "Partners Again" (Selwyn), 
"Make It Snappy" (Winter Garden). 

Neither of the week's new ar- 
rivals, "Red Pepper," at the Shu- 
bert nor "Drums of Jeopardy" at 
the Gaiety entered the buy list. 

Despite that seven attractions 
closed Saturday, the cut rate list 
held to 23 shows offered with a pos- 
sibility of one or two additional 
coming in before this week is out. 
The demand in cut rates was also 
slightly off because of the holiday, 
but there was a fairly good advonce 
for the latter end. 

The attractions offered at half 
price were "The Bronx Express (As- 
tor), "The Truth About Blayds" 
(Booth), "The Rose of Stamboul" 
(Century), "The Perfect Fool" 
(Cohan). "The Demi Virgin" (El- 
tinge). "The Nest" (48th .Street) 
"The Blushing Bride" (44th Street), 
"Abie's Irish Rose" (Fulton), "He 
Who Gets Slapped" (Garrick). "Six 
Cylinder Love" (Harris), "The 
Rubicon** (Hudson). "Salome" 
(Klaw), "To the Ladies" (Liberty), 
"The French Doll" (Lyceum), "The 
Goldfish" (Elliott), "The Bat" (Mo- 
rosco), "l T p the Ladder" (Play- 
house). "The Hairy Ape" (Ply- 
mouth). "Lawful Larceny" (Repub- 
lic), "Red Pepper" (Shubert), 
"Shuffle Along" (G3rd Street), "The 
Rotters" (39th Street) and "The 
Charlatan" (Times Sq.). 


• (Continued from page 11) 
a bad standing membership in all 
of the organizations of 8,270. It was 
accepted that those registered as in 
bad standing referred to delinquents 
in dues, about 45 per cent, of total. 

Gillmore said all of the figures 
would be published in the next issue 
of "Equity," the house organ put 
out by the organization. One mem- 
ber in front said at this juncture: 
"Isn't it a bum idea to publish 
broadcast that Equity has been los- 
ing members and our finances are 
not so good?" Gilmore. with no con- 
tradiction of the statement, replied 
that only Equity members got 
"Equity" and no outsiders ever saw 
a copy. 

Stewart's financial statement in- 
cluded income of $16,515 from the 
Equity ball at the Astor; $8,502 from 
the Equity ball, Chicago, and $17,500 
from the Equity annual show at the 
Metropolitan, New York, May 7. 

Charges against Flo Ziegfeld had 
been filed with the Producing Man- 
agers' Association, said Gilmore, by 
the Equity on the charge of dis- 
crimination. Ziegfeld had stated, 
"I'll never engage one of those ac- 
tors who were concerned in the 
Chicago trouble," said Gilmore, and 
that was discrimination. Ziegfeld 
also had said he had closed "The 
Follies" four weeks earlier than in- 
tended to deprive the actors of four 
weeks' salary. The real reason for 
"The Follies" closing, added Gil- 
more, was bad business. 

"Ziegfeld was four-flushing when 
he said he would never engage one 
of those actors because he had en- 
gaged Raymond Hitchcock, and as 
a matter of fact it was Hitchy who 
held the curtain in Chicago and the 
whole thing was cooked up in 
Hitchy's dressing room," Gilmore 

Stewart read a resolution regard- 
ing contracts of Equity members 
with managers for services after 
June, 1924. When asking for ayes 
and nays, no one answered for 
either, with Stewart declaring the 
resolution adopted. Later Gilmore 
told the members no contraet must 
be entered into by them for after 
dune, 1924, without carrying a void- 
ing clause in case Equity should 
direct the contraet be caneelrd 
(relates to the expiration of the 
agreement between the P. M. A. and 
Equity in June. 1921). Gilmore 
mentioned that long before June. 
1924. Equity Shop" would be in 
effect all over the United States. 

As members entered the Aster's 
ballroom they were handed slips 
carrying a subscript ion. blank for 
the Equity Players' isth Street the- 
atre season. It had three classes. 

with one seat In crohestra or first 
balcony row for five performances 
(excepting on Saturdays and Holl 

da.\s> at a gross cost of $11 for 
class A; class R. one seat in re- 
mainder of baleoM.\ for live perform- 
ances, same exceptions. $7.f)0; class 
C, box seating five, for five per- 
formance;, same exceptions, $75. 

The subscription blank asked sub- 
scriber to designate class selected. 

It was stated Equity as a so- 
eioty would not invest one cent in 
Equity Players, but would receive 
one-third of any profits. The other 
two-thirds would be equally divided 
between a sinking fund to be em- 
ployed for propaganda purposes to 
promote similar Equity ventures 
throughout the country, while the 
remainder would go toward re- 
imbursing Equity Players guaran- 
tors (original bulk subscribers). It 
was announced Lillian Russell had 
wired $2,000 toward the 48th Street 
project and George Arliss $1,000. 
Augustin Duncan will act as 
stage director for Equity Players 
and Gilbert Emery select the plays, 
it was stated. Gilmore and Kath- 
erlne Emmett talked at length about 
the Equity Players with Joseph 
Santley and Miss Emmett as the 
meeting adjourned pleading with 
the members to "Make your 
pledges." "Buy your tickets now," 
but without result as far as noted. 

Gilmore brought an amused smile 
over the crowd when he attempted 
an Emerson imitation by "panning" 
Variety, exhorting his hearers not 
to read it, while holding Variety of 
the same date (May 26) in his 
hand. Gilmore mentioned Variety's 
story of Equity's Chicago repre- 
sentative and the Will Morrisey 
new show in that issue. He shouted 
"Don't read Variety" as he slammed 
his hand around, brandishing Va- 
riety in doing so. 

Among others on the platform 
were John Cope, O. P. Heggie. 
Harry Brown, Mrs. Whiffen and 
Jane Cowl. 

Increased capital also is being 
sought, with heavy work being done 
to encourage a Loop restaurant 
owner to "buy in" on the idea. 

Whether or not the slip in the cog 
to maintain secrecy will alter the 
future plans remains to be seen, but 
the wisest of the independent ticket 
brokers believe the competition here 
in the fall is going to be so rich that 
an opportunity affords itself for 
them to become organized and be 
taken more seriously by the New 
York managers. 

Meanwhile, Mrs. Couthoul is plan- 
ning herself a vacation. 


(Continued from page 11) 

the general idea was for the general 

Finally it was admitted to Bacon 
that he had been done an injury. 
But instead of his name being re- 
moved from the list, it remained 
month after month. Even though 
fortified with eminent counsel as 
to his rights. Bacon still held off 
going to the courts, continuing to 
ask for a retraction, and that was 

In last week's "Equity," in place 
of the list of "defaulting managers," 
there was printed a brief item to 
the effect Bacon should not have 
been included in "the list of man- 
agers who owe our members money. 
Equity is happy to make this an- 
nouncement, because we do not 
want to print anything that is un- 
fair to anyone." 

When Bacon saw the Item he 
again went to Equity, demanding 
to know why its promise of a full 
retraction as outlined by him and 
promised by Equity was not printed. 
He was told the retraction was 
inserted as it was to "save our 

The patience of Bacon appears 
to have been of little avail. He has 
again demanded a retraction in full 
as promised, and has served notice 
upon Equity that he has not relin- 
quished his legal rights. 

It is known that other complaints 
from managers have been made, 
though none was successful in se- 
curing deletion of their names un- 
til the sudden erasure of the entire 
list. That the list does take in 
some "bad boys" is undoubted. In 
the case of Bacon, however, there 
is no question as to his clean rec- 
ord. He stated this week that the 
retraction did not mean the end of 
his battle to clear his name, but 
that he had only begun to fight. 

The "Princess Virtue'* show was 
hooked up for a $9,000 operating 
expense. Bacon was In charge of 
the front of the house, and his ef- 
forts to revise the overhead were 
unavailing because of control back 
stage by other interests. 


(Continued from page 12) 

eight days the show was out was 
$200 for each member and that the 
equivalent in stock was given the 
players for the balance. 

Julius von Kerekjarto, a concert 
violinist known as Duel de Kerek- 
jarto. is being sued by the National 
Concerts, Inc., through Edward A. 
Brown for $K,0G9. which the cor- 
poration alleges it advanced him 
against contracts for engagements 
which he failed to play. All to- 
gether the concert bureau claims to 
have advanced $9,876, of which 
something like $1,800 was actually 
earned by the violinist. Nathan 
Burkan is defending the action 
against the artist. 

The Fairbanks Twins are leaving 
for Paris where they will remain a 
year. The sisters will not appear 
professionally abroad unless it be 
next season. Their mission is to 
study singing and dancing in the 
French capital. The Twins have 
been appearing In "Two Little (lirls 
in Blue* for the past two seasons. 


(Continued from page 10) 

Sarah J. Merrill and Jay S. Buek- 
ley, executors of the estate of Annie 
Louise Cary, opera singer, have 
been directed by Surrogate Cohalen 
to pay $483.30, which represents 
taxes due New York State under 
the inheritance tax laws. The net 
value of the personal property left 
by the decedent, a resident of Nor- 
walk, Conn., who died April 3. 1921, 
was appraised at $357,444. 86, which 
included $33,875 in New York State. 
A will named several beneficiaries, 
among whom the estate was divided. 

Clarence Schmetzel has been ap- 
pointed appraiser of the estate of 
William Sampson, the actor, by Sur- 
rogate Cohalan to : ssess the estate 
for taxes, if any, due the State of 
New York. Sampson, who appeared 
last in "The 'First Year," died April 
5, 1922, l.ft a will naming his widow. 
Mary M. Sampson, sole legatee and 

Annie Sweeney has been ap- 
pointed by the Kings County (N. 
Y.) Surrogates' Court administra- 
trix under $70C bond of the 
estate of the late Harry Tilfold. a 
vaudeville actor, who died Dec. 
29. 1921. The administratrix was 
named sole legatee of the estate, 
which amounted to $700. The de- 
fendant, known privately as Harry 
C. Benson, died without relatives. 

The Broadway Stock, Phil- 
adelphia, closes this week with "The 
Brat." Business has been poor right 
along in the South Philadelphia 
location. Last week an appeal for 
patronage was made from the stage. 
Edna Hibbard and Leon Gordon 
headed the excellent company. This 
leaves only the Cross Keys with 
stock in Philly. 


that he eventually ac 

The Hotel Walton, Philadelphia, 
will dispense with its roor show over 
the summer. 

Arthur Buckner, the cabaret pro- 
ducer who I~ now in trouble vith 
authorities in Philadelphia, had a 
$237. 65 jud^.nent entered ^against 
him last week by the New York 
Hotel Statler. Inc., which operates 
the Hotel Pennsylvania. The ac- 
tion is on a bad check for $200, 
which Buckner is alleged to have 
had a hand in passing. 

La Vis, a new cabaret at 48th 
street and Broadway, opened May 
24 with a floor revue of 18 people, 
staged by Al Davis. La Vie was 
formerly "The Palace" and is un- 
der new management. 

Local prohibition agents are real 
anxious to ascertain who is the 
owner of the Broadway Gardens, 
5346 Broadway, Chicago, which they 
raided recently and arrested a num- 
ber of employes. They have, as 
they say. a new violation against 
the place and would like to serve 
the owner with a warrant. But no 
one can be found who will admit 
ownership. William Suchler, own- 
er of a string of candy stores, is 
said by the prohibition agents to 
be the owner of the place, but he 
denies it. Charles Appel, owner of 
the North Side Turner hall, and 
father of Lila Lee, picture actress, 
also denies he is the proprietor. 

While the agents were trying to 
establish the identity of the owner, 
they have raided the place twice, 
arrested four waiters and a bar- 
tender nnd sized six cases of "real" 

Elgar's Band, a 2G-piece local 
colored band, has been accepted by 
Morris Green vvald and Jimmy 
O'Neill for their "Ph nation" show 
which opens at Green Mill Gardens, 
Chicago, June 16. Eugene Cox has 
been assigned the tar' of designing 
the scenery for the production. 

Beulah May has been engaged as 
the soubret on the Strand Hoof. 

Davidow & LeMaire have brought 
suit in the Third District Municipal 
Court against Irene Bordonl for 
$750 for commissions alleged due. 
The agents last December ne- 
gotiated a contract for Miss Bor- 
donl to appear at the Club Maurice, 
New York, for eight weeks at $1,000 
a week guarantee against 50 per 
cent, of the covert charge Intake. 
Miss Bordonl is alleged not to have 
fulfilled this contract, but that the 
following March 22 she entered Into 
a month's contract with the Club 
Maurice management during which 
period she earned $7,500. Davidow 
& LeMaire ask 10 per cent, for 
their services. 


(Continued from page 13) 
both new houses is of such brilliant 
New York character that they will 
be the cynosure of all eyes. They 
also have expressed confidence that 
"ready cash without returns" will 
gain Immediate hearing from the 
Shubert offices. In brief, the inde- 
pendent brokers propose to organize 
and be so protected they will be in a 
position to outbid Couthoui when it 
comes to buying shows outright, and 
gain their strongest point in pro- 
ducing ready cash without asking 
for the privilege of "dump-backs'" 
It is thought that the new idea 
will lead to the opening of a gen- 
eral Office on Randolph street, under 
the caption of the "Associated In- 
dependent Brokers." More of a play 

than Chicago has ever witnessed will 

be made on rut rate tickets. 

The servicer of a prominent ea- 
1 1 e.-isurer of a Loop theatre are be- 
ing sought to act as gene'ral man- 
ager and adviser In the selection of 
attractions picked for the "buys." 


(Continued from page 15) 

true happiness in marriage, and it 
is on this abnormal mentality the 
comedy terminates. "Un Jeune 
Menage" (a young married couple) 
is laved by admirable acting, but 
it met with the indifferent recep- 
tion it merited. Jane Danjou re- 
veals talent as the wife, with Andre 
Luguet fine in the role of Robert, 
rattling off false philosophy amidst 
spasms of broad psychology. The 
action is laid in the best of society, 
but conveys a poor Impression of 
real society. Such crude ideas must 
be taken with a grain of salt. 



(Continued from page 14) 
Follies reputation, went into lead- 
ing feminine role and brought win- 
ning attention to this entertainment. 
Should be no reason why "Molly 
Darling" shouldn't go over $14,000 
ne>xt week, for all signs point to 
popularity. Officially given as 

"Just Married" . (La Salle, !Uh 
week). Sensibly organized, making 

pleasing proflta for owners and 

keeping at work good cast. Best 
word-of-mouth advertising in town 
giving attraction the strongest boom. 
Just what is going to stop this of- 
fering from completing an all-sum- 
mer run can't be reckoned. Raced 
fist for 112,0)*, 

The 8hip Cafe In Venice, Cal., h is 
reopened. William Paine and Mau- 
ri© Kauch. owners of cafes here 
which include the flreen Hill, are 
the proprietors of the Ship. Roth 
the Ship and the CJreen Hill use mu- 
sic supplied by Snell. Highsmith 
and Conklin. Cliff Carney Is leader 
of the Ship musicians. Neither cafe 
Is using a revue at this time, al- 
though there are several soloists. 

A new cafe to be known as the 
"Plantation" is to be added to Los 
Angeles' boulevard and beach re- 
sorts. The Plantation is being 
erected by Mike Lyman and V. R. 
"Blondy" Clark, owners of the Win- 
ter Garden and the Palais Royal of 
Los Angeles. It will be ori Wash- 
ington Boulevard on the road to 
Venice. An old Southern atmos- 
phere is to be reproduced in archi- 
tectural and scenic style. 

The Hotel Astor roof will open its 
season Juno C. Next winter the roof 
will be enclosed and used for con- 
ventions. It has a seating capacity 
of 2,000. The Astor Is outdistanc- 
ing all New York hotels in the num- 
ber of conventions or meetings held 
there. They avorage from IS to '.'0 
daily. The hotel has 25 convention 
rooms. The Paul Spccht Orchestra 
will play on the roof over the sum- 

Liquor pinches have been numer- 
ous the past week. Murray's and 
th" Knickerbocker were taken, while 
the road houses have also been 
grabbed. Two along the Pelham 
road was raided, and Hoffman's, a 
new place on the Merrick road, Long 
Island, suffered an arrest for liquor 
violation last Sunday. These' liquor 
raldl are funny if you notice how 
they pick *em ami what they leave 



Friday, June 2, 1922 

* ! 

"Blind Youth" (Dramatic) 
22 Mini.; Full Stage (Special) 

Lou Tellcgen is programmed as 
the author of tho one-act tersion 
of "Blind Youth' he ia appearing 
In. In making the conden.sed ver- 
sion Mr. Tellcgen preserved the 
spirit of tho original. The theme is 
regeneration. Tellcgen plays a 
youthful who has taken to 
drink after an affair with a woman 
who leaves him for a man of great- 
er riches. That sounds a bit the- 
atrical, and that's just what the 
playlet is — theatrical. Tellegcn's 
playing, however, does much to 
make the playlet convincing. A 
special set showing a garret studio 
in Paris helped the atmosphere 

The story revolves around the 
visit of the ex-sweetheart of one 
Maurice (Mr. Tellegcn) to the stu- 
dio, with her meeting with her ex- 
lover and plea for his return to her 
forming the basis of the plot. The 
program carried no mention of the 
names of the supporting players. 
The woman playing the part of the 
ex-sweetheart deserves programing. 
She has a voice that somewhat re- 
calls Ethel Barrymore and a style 
of playing that denotes plenty of 
experience. One of the men was 
inclined to speak his lines a bit 
too loud at the Flatbush. So was 
Mr. Tellcgen, for that matter, on 
several occasions during the act. 
The other man, who can only be 
identified by the fact of his press- 
ing * pair of trousers during the 
act, played smoothly and intel- 
ligently, speaking in an easy, re- 
pressed manner. 

Mr. Tellegen's contribution to 
vaudeville is not particularly good 
or bad, just an average sort of 
dramatic sketch. It will do, how- 
ever, once around as a vehicle for 
Tellegen, who must depend upon 
his name as a vaudeville attraction. 
The fans will probably like the 
dramatics of the sketch — it's the 
sort of stuff that picture audiences 
rave over. 



Talk . 

18 Mint.; One 


This couple have developed a new 
angle in the way of a flirtati.n 
opening, Helen Hamilton weeping 
with her partner, Jack Barnes de- 
livering flip answers to her sobbing 
remark They follow it up with a 
table bit along familiar line;, the 
chatter however lifting it above the 

Some radio talk is opportune with 
the doctor tory too long drawn out. 
The passing of tho sacks of flour 
over th«j footr Ms I is no great 
comedy value with the idea tending 
to lengthen the turn. 

This c have bright material 

and in looks could be better if house 
drop and t". e usual prop table were 
not employed. At the Jefferson 
Monday evening the audience 
more attention to this couple than 
is generally credited to a talking 
turn at the downown house. 




Gaite, Paris 

The story told In this short ballet 
by Mario de Villers, regulated by 
Berge, at the Gaite, is the constant 
infidelity of Colombine. In this in- 
stance, prior to her death, she has 
been tho sweetheart of Gilles. He 
religiously attends the funeral. 

Three other men are there mourn- 
ing the deceased. 

The spirit of Colombine appears 
before the grief stricken Gilles, 
lending scope for a delightful tab- 
leau and duo dance by Emmy Mag- 
Hani and Bcrge. The other three 
mournera return, and after a prayer 
for the late Colombine, they dis- 
pute as to who was really her 
preferred lover, each having be- 
lieved he was the only one. This 
sceno consoles Gilles, likewise a 
dupe of the fickle maiden. 

The ballet is well developed, and 
the music tuneful. 

K entire w. 

Song Cycle J 

17 Mins.; Two (Special) 
5th Ave. 

Flo Lewis (most latterly teamed 
with Paul Morton) has a new 
vehiclo written by Eddie Moran, 
music by Jesse Greer, her accom- 
panist. It is titled "Characterizing 
famous women with silk and laces." 
Quite a stem to that monicker. 

Opening before a stunning curtain 
creation which includes a novel 
canopy arrangement over the baby 
grand she sings about her desire to 
star on Broadway, hokeing the dra- 
matics in a mcller "Camillo" and 
other scenes. A sweet daddy num- 
ber about a girl friend who has an 
obliging papa wi Is up lyrically "I 
wish she'd wish him on me." An- 
other number was about certain 
types at a club meeting. It carried 
with it a feminist type who insisted 
that "if there were no famous 
women there would be no famous 
men." A soubret and sissy number 
took her off strong. 

For an encore, following a "finale 
hopper" ditty, Miss Lewis came out 
in flapper get-up. It was a wow 
following it up by bringing three of 
the stage crew out in hoke flapper 
regalia. There was no doubt of her 
hit after that. It looks like a set-up 
for No. 4 on the biggest time for 
Miss Lewis. Abel. 

"The Debutante" (Farce) 
Full Stage (Parlor) 
Orphcum, Brooklyn 

William L. Gibson and Regina 
Connclli for several seasons in 
vaudeville played a honeymoon 

This new and silly farce by "Will 
Hough is of a jilted youth (Mr. 
Gibson) about to commit suicifie via 
pistol in his apartment, as it is 
invaded by a young woman (Miss 
Connclli), a stranger to him, who 
states she has investigated his char- 
acter, found him reliable and wants 
to be compromised by him, in order 
that she may have "a past" to vie 
with that of her fiances, one 

The young woman suggests she 
remain in the apartment with him 
over night, but he prefers to suicide 
and be done with it. The girl wins 
her point and they dance to a Vic- 
trola melody whilst reading love 
passages in a book each holds open 
while dancing. 

The thing meanders on in this 
manner until at the finish when 
"Howard," presumably, appears and 
the girl vamps, after having lifted 
everything of value from the place 
and person. "Howard" (E. J. Brady) 
introduces himself as a plumber. 

There is no meat to the playlet 
and but one real laugh through a 
line of dialog about Tennyson over 
a kiss. There are several lasses and 
much implausibility. It doesn't 
commence to compare with the Gib- 
son-Connelli previous sketch, nor 
does it readily become explainable 
how experienced vaudeville pi .yers 
accepted the script. It's beyond 
them because it is beneath them. 
If they can proceed with it on big 
time they will be fortunate, for the 
idea seems to forbid it being built 
up. Rime. 



12 Mins.; One 

58th St. 

A three-man act with a knack Of 
putting harmony into their wni- 
bling. They are using published 
songs, adapting them to special trio 

The first two numbers were sent 
across largely through the harmony 
effort. Following was an extend- 
ed nut comedy bit that might be 
shortened to permit a singing ad- 
dition. They closed effeetively, with 
a number not as fresh as the others. 
Tuesday afternoon before a light 
bouse they did well on, second. 


TERS (2). 
Magic, Songs and Dances. 
18 Min.; Full Stage (Special Set). 

Harrison is a magician and the 
Burton Sisters a comely pair of 
misses used effectively in conjunc- 
tion with the magical routine. 
Harrison follows closely the meth- 
ods employed by other magicians, 
with the novelty possessed in the 
turn offered by the girls. They 
furnish vocal numbers and dances, 
with some miner feats in the way 
of magic. The magic, including two 
cabinet tricks by Harrison, is ef- 
fectively handled, with a certain 
amount of comedy worked up with 

The aot is well dressed and away 
from the general run of turns of 
this order. Placed in the middle of 
the State, it gives complete satis- 
faction. Unit. 



15 Min.; One. 


From the introductory talk, Billy 
Barker and Henry Dunn give the 
impression they have been associ- 
ated with phonograph record mak- 
ing, for vaudeville they have se- 
lected published numbers. Both 
possess vocal ability and the per- 
sonality to put over numbers. 

After the introductory chatter the 
time Is devoted entirely to tinging. 
They build up with each number 
and have the necessary punch to 
land in tho hit column on any bill. 
At tho "tate they scored an ap- 
plause hit. Hart. 

CLAY CROUCH and Co. (4} 


21 Mint.; Full Stage 

American C of 

Clay Crouch is In blackface In this 
act, and Clay Crouch in this act 
is the act. There la*r t @Eeik l the girl 
and a couple of/ dancing young 
women, but it's Olay Crouch wro 
makes the small timers laugh, and 
he can make them laugh with his 
style, that takes in the methods of 
other blackface comedians. For 
gags also Crouch Is a good selecter. 
Two or three not new to him got a 
regular giggle when uttered. 

The story is nothing, so slight in 
fact that toward the finish, as 
Crouch was about to end an inter- 
polated monolog, he confidentially 
informed the audience the whole 
thing was a bunk, that the sheik 
wasn't a Sheik, really, that the girl 
was his wife in private life, that 
the two dancing girls were Just 
there because, and that there could 
be no finish to the act because there 
should have been the lieutenant 
they were all talking about who had 
to be killed, but they had no lieu- 
tenant, so the whole company would 
have to come on to sing the finale. 
And the wht ' > company came on to 
sing the finale. How simple? And 
how many headaches that would 
have saved if a finish like it could 
have been gotten away with on big 

The Sheik has a deep voice and 
did a couple of songs. Besides there 
was some hokum business that 
didn't require an author, but still 
Crouch can carry this playlet over 
for small time if the salary isn't too 
big. He's something of a blackface 
comic, despite his lack of original- 
ity. He has personality which is 
most or mostly important, and 
would make a first class conKdit-n 
for a sn all production like a road 
show, tab unit, revue or burlesque. 

On the American -Roof bill the 
first half the turn had a bit the 
worst of it through a comedy Sheik 
song ("Ave. XT') having been sung 
ahead* of it. Bimc. 


12 Mins; One (Special Hangings) 
5th Ave. 

Lilly Von Kovacs is heralded an 
Hungarian prodigy. She appears to 
be about 16 or 18 years old, maybe 
more, maybe less. She affects 
juvenile costuming. "Whatever her 
age, minus the "prodigy" appella- 
tion. Miss Von Kovacs Is a dex- 
terous digited instrumentalist and 
vaudeville would find a place for her 
in the fore section of big time bills 
if she in turn arranged her stuff to 
comply with vaudeville requisites. 
As she is Miss Von Kovacs is "con- 

She opens at tlie baby grand with 
Lizt's "Hungarian Fantasy," her 
own transcription of the rhapsody. 
The title Is announced in an elec- 
trically illuminated frame wHiich 
had previously built up the girl's 
entrance aj Europe's sensation," 
etc. An elderly woman (probably 
her mother) is in governess* cos- 
tume to change the sign cards. In 
the first number Miss Von Kovacs 
displays her proficiency to the full- 
est in every phase. The second is 
an "Annie Laurie" phantasy de 
concert. Lizt's Campcnalla was the 
third and final selection in the 
nature of an encore. Somebody re- 
marked he wished she played "Dar- 
danella" instead. That's the so- 
called "lowbrow's" vaudeville desire, 
and since they comprise a fair ma- 
jority of vaudeville audiences, Miss 
Von Kovacs could accomplish more 
by adding something lighter. Not 
"Dardanella" necessarily but "Dear 
Old Pal o' Mine," "Roses of Picardy" 
or "Kiss Me Again," if needs be, to 

She was heartily received at the 
5th Avenue by the lower floor con- 
tingent. An unruly element in the 
Upper shelves made it difficult for 
a number of turns. Abel. 


19 Mins.; Full Stage (Cyclorama) 

Proctor's, Yonkers 

The usual act of this type, framed 
along conventional lines. A male 
pianist solos an introductory song 
for the principals. They consist of 
two girl singers, a mixed dancing 
team, a male piano accordionist, 
who formerly singled around the 
pop circuits, and the pianist, who 
doubles on the violin for a number 
with the other musician. 

The dancing team handled their 
dances smoothly, the girl possessing 
personality, appearance and grace. 
After specialties from each an en- 
semble finish occurs with the danc- 
ers In tough ge^-up doing an acro- 
batic tough waltz to the accom- 
paniment of violin, accordion and 
mandolin. ' 

As a flash for the Intermediate 
houses it averages up with any of 
its predecessors on production and 
ability ef its personnel. Con. 


BOYS (6) 
Jazz Band and Dancing 
12 Mine.; Three I 


This combination were the suc- 
cessful contestants in the amateur 
try-outs at this theatre the week 
preceding. As a result they have 
been booked for three days as a 
egular act to show for further book- 
ings. The jazz band, all youngsters, 
looking nice even in their everyday 
street clothes, opens ensemble with 
a rag. Carroll enters stepping a la 
Jim Barton, shuffling and shivering 
niftily. That one dance will prob- 
ably carry the youngster on with 
further development. Again the jazz 
band jazzes and another chap en- 
ters for another lazy shiveree. He 
is dressed like Carroll and cads3s 
discussion whether he is or not. He 
is another local boy, Harry Lloyd. 
Both then enter for a double soft shoe 
number following the slide trom- 
bone solo in the spot by one of the 
band members. The double num- 
ber was neat, although slipping up 
in rhythm once or twice. 

From the side seat perch Carroll 
was seen to fling his straw disgust- 
edly on the floor and almost jump 
on it because of the slight mishap. 
The boys evidently are earnest and 
take their work very seriously. 
There is talent in the whole septet 
and potential possibilities if prop- 
erly handled. They look like will- 
ing pupils. Abel. 



20 Mins.; Full Stage 

58th St. 

It is understood this band has 
been placed under contract by Cun- 
ningham and Bennett for a produc- 
tion act with them next season. If 
so, the act looks safe for scoring in 
advance, for the Ibach Entertainers 
crash through for attention. The 
instruments arc drums, piano, violin, 
banjo and saxophone, particularly 
the latter. 

This unit has a sax marvel. He 
came forward after the drummer 
stepped out of his character to sing 
a Dixie-Mammy number. The band 
then toyed with "Kalua." During the 
number the clearness of the saxo- 
phone was first noted. Then a.s the 
youth secured ringing steel guitar 
notes from his instrument, he drew 
sole attention thereafter. 

The musician from the apron 
t.ien soloed with piano accompani- 
ment. The band in action with "The 
Sheik" again had the sax illumi- 
nating the melody. His manipulation 
of the stops proved him a master of 
it. There was a variation into in- 
other melody. That allowed the star 
to come forward again, this time 
playing sax and claronet at one 
time. The stunt in itself did not 
make for melody, but it was novel. 

The curtain dropped for a bang 
encore, the youth this time handling 
a smaller "crying" sax, then 
switching to the bigger instrument 
for more fine finger work. There was 
another earned encore, which meant 
a lot from the small attendance 
Tuesday afternoon. 

Ibach's Entertainers can deliver 
alone and in real company, for they 
are carrying a brilliant saxophone 
musician. lbec. 


Comedy Talk, Songs, Dances 

14 Mins.; One 

Proctor's, Yonkers 

Bobby Barry was last season in 
burlesque with "Maids of America." 
For vaudeville he has assembled a 
routine of comedy talk, written by 
Billy K. Wells, that should keep 
him in the fastest of two-a-day 
company. Barry is assisted by Dick 
Lancaster, who registers heavily 
on appearance and with delivery. 
He dominates Barry at all times, 
making his comedy stick out and 
inserting punch into the contrast. 

Barry is a short chap with baggy 
evening clothes, trick hat and ec- 
centric nose. The crossfire at the 
opening has Barry ae a florist's de- 
livery I oy. It is bright. A piece 
of business that grows funny with 
repetition is Barry's attempts to 
waltz with the straight man. 

Travestied impersonations are 
worked in, preceded by a legiti- 
mate announcement by the straight 
that Mr. Barry will Impersonate 
Farnum. Barry comes on in mangy 
wig and top hat for funny legit 
travesty. The next announcement 
is Sam Bernard, with Barry doing 
Lander singing "She's My Daisy." 
A bit of stepping also landed 

Barry has all the elements for 
vaudeville success. He is an ex- 
perienced, capable comedian who 
knows how and who holds. This 
pair should be up there rJl the time 
any time. At this house they 
copped the v* e* t±* MIL 


Comedy Sketch 
23 Mine.} Full Stags 
Proctor's, Yonkers 

Lillian * Foster is a local stock 
company leading woman. She is as- 
sisted in this sketch by two men 
from the Forbes Players. The skit 
is badly constructed and the char- 
acters sloppily introduced. 

A young lawyer six months mar- 
ried wagers he can induce a famous 
actress to sup with him at his office. 
The curtain rises upon him secreting 
the supper ordered as his wife stops 
to visit him on her way to the opera. 
She overhears a telephone conversa- 
tion and hides in an adjoining room. 
A friend of the lawyer tel -.hones 
and then drops in, mistaking the 
wife for the actress. A "party" fol- 
lows, with wifey making a great hit 
with the friends until mutual ex- 
planations clear up the situation. 

The sketch is amateurishly «con- 
structed, the introduction of the 
characters and situations straining 
the credulity. Before a sympathetic 
gathering the turn landed solidly. 
For the two-a-day a stronger ve- 
hicle is needed. Con. 

HELEN GOODHUE and Co. (3). 
"Sister Wives' (Farce Comedy). 
23 Mins.; Full Stage (Special). 
23rd St. 

"Sister Wives ' is the latest May 
Tully tabloid bedroom farce effered 
in vaudeville. It is a revival of 
the "I^eno" sketch, and not a con- 
densed version of a full length play, 
such as some of this producer's for- 
mer production acts have 1 een. 

It is played in full stage with 
drapes employed, the action sup- 
posedly taking place in a room of 
a Reno hotel. Two women named 
Smith have wired for reservations. 
The firrt Mrs. Smith arriving se- 
cures the last room in the house. 
The other, a former guest, arrives 
later. The' management, desiring 
not to lose her patronage, requests 
the first to share her room with the 
latter for the night, it having twin 
beds. This is agreed upon. The 
two women are of distinctly differ- 
ent types. The first arrival is the 
blonde baby type and the latter a 
more mature and worldly woman. 

They begin to chatter. It de- 
velops they are the wives of the 
same man. The blonde has teen 
forced to come to Reno by her ' 
mother to secure a divorce. She 
still loves her husband, although 
having been informed he had not 
secured his final decree of divorce 
from his former wife. The other 
is there to settle the divorce mat- 
ter, and is glad to be rid of him. 

The husband comes upon the 
scene suddenly. He is admitted to 
the room and greeted by both 

, At this point the farce reaches a 
high pitch. The first wife, seeing 
that the baby -faced one and hubby 
are not anxious to separate, ar- 
ranges a reconciliation. 

Miss Goodhue plays the worldly 
woman. She does it with finesse, 
displaying ability as a comedienne. 
The action rests upon her and she 
handles it well. The blonde, bobbed- 
haired miss playing the opposite 
role fits into the picture nicely, the 
role calling for no extra work. The 
husband figures in only the last few 
minutes, furnishing all that is nec- 
essary for the short part. The 
fourth member is a juvenile, a bell- 
boy. He is inclined to carry the 
part overboard at times. 

This new May Tully act can be 
whipped into shape to take its place 
in two-a-day bills. Hart. 

ETHEL PARKER and Co. (2). 

Songs and Dances. 

12 Mins.; Full Stage (Special Hang* 

23rd St. 

^thel Parker is a dancer sup- 
ported by two boys, a singing and 
dancing juvenile and a piano player. 
J The juvenile occupies the stage the 
major portion cf the time, using 
pop numbers during costume 
changes by Miss Parker, lie also 
figures in all of the double dances 
with her. 

Opening with a number, they top 
it off with some Russian stepping, v 
the boy following with a number 
allowing his partner to change to 
a country girl costume for a eolo 
dance, including toe work, splits . 
and slides cicely performed. A 
special number is furnished by the 
boy in conjunction with a double 
dance, the finale being given over 
to an acr tbatic jazz routine cf step-. . 
ping. The piano player is given a I 
chance for a satisfactory demon- 
stration of key work. 

The act is mounted nicely before 

a cyclorama of gold cloth. Its 

da ing hits a good average, with 

the turn in general sufficiently 

strong to meet the requirements of 

the best three-a-day bookers. 






Kow when it cornea to rhyming, I don't know a thing, 

««t rhyming the bill at the Palace seem* to be the erase this spring; 

oq I pranced down to the matinee, my Maurey couldn't go. 

^aa I couldn't bring my baby, so I went alone to the show. 

Gautler's Dogs, the Bricklayers, held the opening spot — 

Everyone enjoyed them, they're sure a talented lot. • ■■ • 

Only 'aa far as I'm concerned there was one thing wrong. 

Mr. Gautier should have taught those dogs to sing a little song. 

Hy Maurey wrote a number, called "That Dog Gone Dog of Mine." 

With that song in the act It sure would have been Just fine. . 

The Le Orohc, thre? contortionists, came on No. 2; 

They contortionished, and took a couple of i»ows when they were thru. 

One of the men is tall and slender — the other one's quitn stout — 

But neither has a figure like my Maurey's— why. without a doubt. 

For a man thatVi not an acrobat — is my Maurey there? 

Did you ever see his shoulders? Never such a pur. 

And my baby la just like my Maurey. What a kid he Is! 

Why, even my Maurey says our baby has a shape like his. 

Slgnor Friscoe's some musician. He played and played and played. 

If he used some of my Maurey's songs! Can you imagine how long he'd 

had stayed? 
My Maurey writes lovely music, but I don't like to talk. 
Still I think he's the best writer in all New York. 
Why, If the Beaumont Sisters had sung a «ong or two 
That my Maurey has written— no telling what they wouldn't do: 
As it was. they were a great big hit; their act— why, it's a peach— 
But with my Maurey's music, they'd have had to make a speech. 
You know Maurey's not only a musician, he's comical, too. 
I laughed at the Four Marx Brothers, but I'm telling you 
My Maurey should be In that act, he's an awful clown- 
Hardly anyone know* it, he's so dignified down town. 

He can do female impersonating, too, and make Julian Eltinge look sick. 
He's got a* better form than Julian, and of course that does the trick. 
My Maurey loves Ethel Levey; he thinks she's the greatest of all. 
And, some afternoon this week he says I ought to call V- ' 

And show Miss Levey our baby — she's seen many a one — 
But wait till she sees my Herbert, my little son. 
He's just learning how to walk, and says "Ma-ma" and "See See," 
And Just think that tiny little living thing belongs to Maurey and me. 
Sylvia Clark. I didn't forget ydu, but I want to mention you last. 
And seriously tell you I love your work — you're cert, i inly getting there 

What a little irtiwte! 
My Maurey says he's 

My bonnet's off to 
going to let you see 


baby. too. 


A variety show made up prin- 
cipally of specialty turns, with a 
dash of burlesque at the end of the 
bill at the Palace this week. The 
lay-out figured attractively on 
paper, but fell somewhat short of 
expectations. Five of the nine turns 
were singles, Signor Frhu »e, Sylvia 
Clark, Julian Eltinge, Ethel Levey 
and Chic Sale. The burlesque flavor 
mentioned in the opening sentence 
arrived in the Marx Brothers act, 
t"On the Balcony." The four 
brothers have been away from New 
York for nearly a year, playing the 
Orpheum time. Since last seen here 
the act appears to have been rough- 
ened up considerably by the intro- 
duction of low comedy business, not 
to the original script as written by 
Herman Timberg. One hit had 
r Harpo" manipulating a rubber 
glove after the fashion of a person 
milking a cow. Pretty crude for 
any place. In another part Julius 
had a bit of dialog about something 
creeping over him— addressing his 
conversation to one of the women in 
tne act— and following it up with 
another remark about "scratching 
U out. The Marx Brothers are an 
exceptional quartet, all talented, 
«arpo and Julius particularly, but 
m? y »i oem t(> necd direction. A bit 
iiK • ruhhor K\ove thing doesn't 
Jine W ith Harpo's remarkable tal- 
m^t. u? a I>*ntomimlst. and the 
scratching crag is equally out of 
S™S,u y wifh J uUu»*« comedy abil- 
ity. The turn closed the show, held 
2 m . v ery well, hut the house seemed 
SLS"?? 10 s how-weary along to- 
W»... e .* ?ml of the act - mainly 
nr^ 8e ,° f P* h ™S MH that had 
Preceded and partly because of the 

InnI Bro f n «P« turn covering too 
*ong a period— it ran 45 minutes. 

♦hJ he Le BfOhi, No. 2. disclosed 
aeir novel acrobatic turn. One of 

ELiT n,,>n l3 3tout and a contor- 
ESr\ aIso a PPlcndld ground tum- 
W. A fat contortionist assuredly 
52Li Way fr>m the conventional— 
hL?K a * un "»ual M a none-talking 
22? ? r :l civil •levator man. The 
22f* chap [ * "lender-* good con- 
sist for the fat fellow. He is like- 
J «e a corking acrobat. The slender 
L e 'i°. w n *s i trick of walking on 

EH? - and tV,4t - on a »*<* l > oni1 

"«ata not been done around in 
«ni ^ ' , • AnoiM °r unusual feat is n 
somersault with the body curved 
« a halj bending position. The 
In • ? doea foiw <»"is on one hand 
gj* class by themself. On^ of the 
JJJJJ acts of its type in vaudeville. 

nl Z T an y otnor day. 
^WJtler/s Bricklayers, log ir| 
y™ea. That made two silent tarns 
dntlu- » i Friscoe was third, and 
gjPUcated the hit he has )..-.. reg- 
JZ" 1 ? » rf, ii"<l in the other m dro- 
turi , mu OUW " with his xylophone 
arf \ 7 h * UHP of Plants takes the 
■maw? • of ,h " mu»*cal claw *nd 
Tho ' f ' lira t-ratc come<lv turn 

'ftg* the'"''-" ,,laMt Whefl " , ' p,|UrJt 

he r *t. thw ' ,)j - 

sir.ij T+ tK,for e bv another 

»" vaudeville. It bowled 

'em the Pilate, as it has at 
the rest of the Keith houses in New 
York. Both the man and woman 
plants are good ones — they don't tip 
they are plants and get laughs— lots 
of 'em. 

Beaumont Sisters, fourth, had the 
whole house singing the old songs 
from a sheet at the finish, and gen- 
erally whooped things up for a 
man's size hit. Funny about that 
old song thing In a theatre. The 
men of 40 and thereabouts are more 
on the level about remembering the 
old ones than the women — who ap- 
parently believe too good a memory 
of the old melodies may tell their 
age. That so many of the younger 
generation are -familiar with the 
melodies of the songs of 20 and 
more years ago Is probably ex- 
plained by the talking machines, 
which have put out a number of 
medleys of these old time numbers 
In. the past few years. The Beau- 
mont Sisters did a couple of double 
dances that showed they can still 

Sylvia Clark, next, with the char- 
acter eongalog she has been doing 
for a couple of seasons, has a gen- 
uine sense of travesty and marks 
most of her numbers with a gen- 
uinely satirical touch. The one 
about the cabaret girl appears a bit 
overdone as regards the toughness 
of the characterisation. The Rus- 
sian dancing bit as handled by Mis3 
Clark Is a gem, 'so is the one about 
the spotlight. The latter should 
have some new verses of a topical 
nature — such as the one about 
Bryan and other politicians liking 
the spot. Miss Clark In response to 
insistent applause at the finish 
asked if the house wanted ^ speech 
or song. Someone said both, so she 
did another song. 

Julius Eltinge wis accorded a re- 
ception when his card was Hashed. 
He did four numbers, each one a 
classic in the art «»f impersonation, 
and each embellished with a crea- 
tion in the way of costuming Clos- 
ing the first half wasn't an easy 
assignment; but Eltinge did it 
handily and they had to hold the 
curtain until he made a brief speech 
of acknowledgment; 

Ethel Levey, opening the second 
half, had to follow considerable 
singing with her own four numbers, 
the three acta preceding, Beaumont 
Bister, Sylvia Clark md Kltinge, 
each reeling off ■ flock nf songs 

Miss Levey r dved i welcoming 

outburst when her card ippeared 
and another whe.i she entered, 
Bach of the numbers landed, Miss 
Levey probably could have Jockeyed 
her nnUjhing ipjifause foi i Speech 
burl didn't. 

( ?hic S lie next to ' >-n>'.r. grabbed 
off hn regulation whale of \ hit. 
Mr. Sale, (ike ill other < lever 
comics, evidently lit- » yen to »»•> » 
serious ictor. He Is now finishing 
Oft tin- l.-ni )n h-i d-Mil; il 
playing tut with ■ bit of pathos 
it's ver\ w •:! done, ! ruf will woi K 
out bel let » - M Is ' ■•••■•'<>i i 

The Patfcco lid - »i» icHy Tuesday 
aight, w: ii a couple 01 I >»' s of 

stnidve* V"U 


A half houso at Keith's Orpheum. 
Urooklyn, for the holiday matinee— a 
pretty good crowd at that, consider- 
ing it was in Brooklyn and a nice 
lay on a holiday. 

Fanny Brice headlined, with Vivi- 
enno Segal another new single over 
the bridge. # Miss Bogal but lately 
d"butted into tiie twice daily. Miss 
Brice has been absent for about 
seven years, meantime with Ziegfeld 

The program framed as entertain- 
ing for this season of the year. There 
was quite a variety on it without 
much dancing; that lift it easy for 
Morton and Glass in their new skit, 
'April Showers," to score heavily on 
their stepping. It's a different set- 
ting but the same Tramework as the 
other turns of this couple— talk, 
songs an. I family crossfire. It did 
well all the way. 

The Morton-tJlass act had a land- 
scape effect of a moving red light on 
a train, with the Harry J. Conloy 
comedy, "Itice and Old Shoes," hav- 
ing a* similar effect on an auto. Mr. 
Conley's showed first and got the 
benefit. His turn, with Naoma Ray, 
was a laugh maker through his boob 
rum I character. It could well have 
exchanged the second after inter- 
mission position with the CJibson- 
Connelli farce', "The Debutante" 
(New Acts), that was second after 
intermission, and very tiresome, to 
say the very least. The Conley turn 
was No. 3. 

Opening after intermission was 
Edward (Eddie) Miller, with his 
splendid voice and numbers, and 
Victor Vesola at the piano. Miss 
Segal and Mr. Miller composed two 
similar singles of opposite sex. Miss 
Segal had Charles Ambler as her 
pianist. She was No. 4. 

Mack and La Hue were programed 
to close, but opened, in their roller 
skating that is all summed up in a 
SWiWel trick they do. with the girl 
swiveling while clear .of the ground 
and held by a neck brace attached 
to an apparatus upon the chest of 
the man. It's their one real trick, 
the one that will hold them on the 
big time, and the only trick of it3 
kind ever seen in anything ap- 
proaching an act of this description. 
How long the girl can stand it is 
problematical, as the strain upon 
her neck and head must be terrific. 

No. 2 held a novelty int of what is 
known as "finger dancing." Frank 
Ward does it. He bai now composed 
the turn of all finger work. For- 
merly that was employed as a bit. 
At one time Ward did the same 
thing with Marty Culhane. Culhane 
is also now doing it, usually in 
Broadway restaurants, where Cul- 
hane has grown to be a favorite, he 
adding talk, songs and music to the 
finger dancing accomplishment. Mr. 
Ward performs nicely with the lin- 
gering impersonations of interna- 
tional dances, concluding the act 
with an encore bit of a walking doll 
that Is brief but good. The trouble 
with finger dancing is that once seen 
it tells everything, and it is difficult 
to follow the opening. Ward at that 
time is holding a little doll in either 
hand, with the two fingers of each 
sticking through. He calls It an 
imitation of the Dolly Sisters. The 
billing is Frank Ward and Dollies. 
It's a worth-while novelty for once 
around, and if Mr. Ward can con- 
trive to do away with the monotony 
of repetition he can make it stand- 
ard. Sansone and Deliah, with their 
strong and balancing turn, closed 
the show. 

Miss Segal presents an attractive 
stage picture as a single singer, with 
red hair and looks. She uses several 
grades of numbers, brought in 
through an introductory rhyme, 
broken up for the songs, and which 
tells how the several members of 
her family suggested different melo- 
dies for vaudeville. With Miss Se- 
gal's Broadway reputation In musl- 
i il comedy she should do nicely all 
of the vaudeville way if she can go 
that far between IegitimAte engage- 

The present act of Miss Brice's Is 
not the one she will present at the 
Palace week after next. Next week 
Miss Brice is at Keith's, Washington. 
Last week sh« wis in Pittsburgh, 
previously playing Cleveland after 
breaking in at ML Vernon. The 
turn as given »t th« Orpheum in 
eluded songs she hid made in dif- 
ferent "Follies'* The Brice aet at 
the Palace will have some new num- 
bers written by Blanche MerrilL/who 
also wrote most of Miss Brice'l pro- 
duction numbers. With Fanny Brice 
now it's a matter Of the draw. When 
last appearing In vaudeville she re- 
ceived $r,().')-$(;o(). Now she is being 
paid $2000 i week. .S>mc. 


Hal weather coupled with Decora- 
tion Day's lure hurt the usual M>»ti- 
day ni«ht attendance < f the River- 
side, but Bushman and Bayne, who 
were headlining, must be credited 
with h iif tilling the house. The 

matinee attendance was tlso touted 

is beyond the expectation! of the 
m inagemeni The h«>ad liners closed 
th.- tiist halt, holding the spot 
splendidly in their Bketch, "Poof 
Kii-h Man " Mr. Bushman must Inv- 
i».-<-n suffering from i cold, for his 
voice was Inaudible at times from 
the middle «»f ihe housed The former 
lilni favorites h i\- proven one of 
iiic season's best Iraws," according 
to the vaudeville bookers, bui rumor 
. u it, it Mi.-y ii • »•> reran n to the 

pictjtre r«ifl<et." despite U^'t^ring 
offers to continue on the speaking 
stage , 

KigJitMici* oft #rd< nary « ludeville 

surrounded the film stars, with the 
honors going to Glenn and Jenkins, 
opening after intermission. The col- 
ored boys gagged and hoofed their 
way to usual returns. The slender 
member of the team must have lost 
live pounds handling his broom. 
They finished in high favor, but de- 
clined to encore, taking a decision 
from the heat. 

Dorothea Sadlier«and Co. next in 
"ISM," Wm. C. DeMilles satire, got 
laughs, but the turn dellates like a 
punctured tire at the finish. Denton 
Vane as "Kollo," the reversed apex 
of the triangle of the future, has a 
diilicult and unsympathetic role as 
the domesticated husband. The 
males in the house didn't take kindly 
to the caricature and were silent. 
Miss Sadlier broadens the character 
of the third person, aiming at com- 
edy. She gets some laughs, but the 
skit is sadly in need of a finish. The 
idea has been done several times 
previously in other acts. 

Dolly Kay endeavored to close the 
show, but Mopped dismally. Miss 
Kay is assisted by a pianist and 
sings the usual pop songs. She 
tries to get her numbers across with 
action and gives one the impression 
she is shadow boxing. Sans voice 
and restricted njumbers Miss Kay is 
at best an early spot entry for the 
big time bills. A "claque" tried val- 
iantly to avert total rout, but didn't 
quite succeed. A trickle of walk- 
outs started when the singer at- 
tempted a slow ballad and continued 
through the next two numbers. 
Acknowledging some applause from 
one portion Miss Kay foolishly es- 
sayed an encore to an emptying 

. Lucas and Inez, a man and woman 
hand-to-hand duo, opened, and were 
accorded one of the heartiest ova- 
tions given a bill started at this 
house all season. This turn could 
have held a spot. Both of the mem- 
bers made a neat appearance in yel- 
low one-piece form-fitting suits and 
bare. legs. A corking routine of 
hand-to-hand stunts and ground 
rumbling with the woman handling 
the heavy man at times held the at- 
tention of the house like a vise. It's 
a pip of a turn. 

The Caits.Bros. deuced and hoofed 
to nice returns, but "gummed things 
up stalling for bows. The antiquated 
business of reluctantly backing into 
the wings, at the same time signal- 
ing your partner to come on out 
has been discarded even on the Gus 
Sun Circuit. The latest method of 
stealing bows is to have the orches- 
tra play "Mr, Gallagher and Mr. 
Shean" for encore music. 

Grey and Old Rose followed with 
their veteran vehicle that wears well. 
The special drops provide a pretty 
setting for the dancing of the pair, 
which run the gamut from the old 
style minuet to the acrobatic waltz. 
The costumes of the girl got a buzz 
of admiration from the women. It's 
a pleasing addition to any bill. 

De Voe and Hosford, next, went 
strongly. The singing of the boys 
landed solidly ,and the *'damo" of 
the comic was good for big laughs 
at this house. Two new comedy 
songs got something, one having a 
couple of catch lines that were good 
for woofs of laughter. 

"Topics of the Day" hung up an 
unsullied record of reloased gags, 
hut th*» "Kahles" proved an enjoy- 
able diversion. Con. 


The Decoration Day matinee Tues- 
day at the Brighton, Coney Island, 
found but a handful of the faithful 
in, perfect weather for outdoor 
sports and baseball furnishing com- 
petition that simply ruined the after- 
noon attendance. So few wero out 
front that the performers' voices 
sounded hollow in the auditorium. 
The small delegation were a nice 
bunch to play to, however, reacting 
quickly to anything that called for a 
sign of appreciation. 

Kldie Leonard was out of the 
show after the two performances 
Monday, reporting sick Tuesday 
morning. Emma Carus replaced the 
blackfacer. Four of tho eight acts 
used a piano on the stage. Bob La 
Salle put plenty of life into the 
show, No. 2, with songs and a varied 
dancing routine. As an encore bit 
he announced Eddie I^eonard's ab- 
sence, and said he would do an Imi- 
tation of the minstrel. It was a good 
one and registered. La Salle went 
splendidly, overcoming the difficul- 
ties of netting the house warmed up 
with case. 

Billy Arlington, assisted by C. I. 
Taylor. E. F. Hennessey and Eleanor 
Arlington, chalked up a neat score 
with a collection of burlesque hoke 
nicely mingled with music. The 
fiddle and guitar duets tickled the 
house pink. «nd the litushing "Chira 
Birra Bee" travesty was a small - 
sised panic. This was announced 
simply as ft burlesque on Italian 
street Singers. Why not credit the 
Melani Trio with the bit in the an- 
nouncement, inasmuch as they were 
the first to do the number over here, 
and in the manner and .>tyle affect - 
ed by Arlington and his troubadours 

McLaughlin and Evans, fourth. 
held em solidly throughout their 
distinctive character turn. Both 
portray their roles in the little skit 
by Ben Ryan in the natural style of 
characterisntfon thni denotes real 
H'ntry. The laughs popped contin- 
uously while the pair were on, and 
(he vocalizing put a fitting clitnai 
L0 in Kt. that i iteS M one Of the 

s" rron*s imds. 

Miss CarUS is i fivorde with 

Itiooklyn audiences, and she received 

i reception jrh,en she entered. Miss 

. c trus' ih it costume was i trifle too 

voluminous for her bufomness. All 
of the Kong numbers glided over 
smoothly. The act is about the same 
as during the season. 

Donald Kerr and Effle Weston 
started the second half off with a 
rush. Kerr is an expert dancer. 
One style is the same as another to 
him. apparently. Miss Weston, in 
adtlition to contributing her full 
share of the stepping, displayed sev- 
eral nifty costumes. A flapper song 
with inane lyrics was made enter- 
taining through the team's charac- 
terizations and dancing. Lou Hand - 
man, at the piano, is an excellent 
ivory tickler, but if he expects the 
house to hear him, he will have to 
ask tho orchestra to tone down a 
bit. Tuesday afternoon the brasses 
easily won the contest in one of 
Handman's solos. 

Herschel Henlere, n xt to closing, 
found a house rather surfeited ^viUi 
show, but went right at 'em and 
held 'em at least to a draw. A lot 
of Meniere's talk went right out the 
windows, because of the house not 
being able to catch what he was 
saying, through the application of 
too much dialect. The business of 
playing a medley, and changing the 
key frequently with the house 
whistling, and consequently being 
thrown oft by the key changing plan 
didn't land its usual quota Tuesday. 
This was because It's the upper part 
of the house that does most of the 
whistling — and Tuesday there just 
wasn't any upper part of the house 
to speak of, to whistle. Bert Green 
used the key changing idea for 
years. So did Mike Bernard at Pas- 
tor's, before Bert Green. 

The Hedieys closed with a finely 
staged head balancing turn, backed 
by a production setting, and Morale 
Sisters opened. Ucll. 


Business was almost as light Mon- 
day night In the American as day- 
light saving. "Is Marriage a Fail- 
ure?" was the feature, and as a 
drawing card it was. There was 
nothing in the vaudeville to draw. 
It looked like a regular Loew sum- 
mer show, especially in the early 
part and in the layout. Two two- 
men acts followed one another — 
Nos. 2 and 3 — while the two single 
women on the bill — Corinne Ar- 
buckle, opening after interralMaion, 
and Ethel Davis, next to closing — 
were placed in the second half, with 
but one turn intervening. 

One of the two-men turns was 
songs and the other a wire act, but 
the first, Walters and Goold (New 
Acts), opened in "one" in tuxes, and 
remained there, while the other, Mel- 
notte Duo, started off in "one" in 
evening dress, later going to full 
stage for their deft wire work. It 
was a bad conflict Ion. notwithstand- 
ing that perhaps Miss Arbuckts 
couldn't close for the convenience, 
etc., but separating the two sets of 
turns would have made a large dif- 

As It was the first part ran rather 
devoid of anything other than thu 
wire walking and Clay Crouch's 
blackface comedy in bis semi-pro- 
duction number ending the first part. 
The Clay Crouch Co. of five got a 
little something during the running, 
but died hard at the finish through 
an inexcusable ending that they may 
have thought was prepared for 
through an announcement there 
could be no finish. If .small time 
will stand for things like this — 
meaning that finish particularly — 
why should It expect that producers 
should give any thought to small- 
time productions? From what has 
been heard and seen about small- 
time productions, producers there 
don't glvo any thought to anything 
beyond figuring how much not th"y 
can grab. And they are grabbing' 

One of the acts Monday night got 
Its best comedy trying to steal bows 
and Hopping in that, having to re- 
turn cold to take its encore. Mow 
stealing in Springfield, III., may be 
an art. In New York It's not Cveu 
artful. Funny, too, because if the 
small time should be fooled the mise 
wouldn't be over $25, add one must 
steal an awful lot of bows to even 
make the booking olMce consider a 
raise. The same time spent in im- 
proving the turn might bring a lot 
more in less time. 

Miss Davis is from the big time 
and a good card for the small time. 
Her sneezing song Is sure fire, but 
her best is red-headed looks. Like 
many other red Ifrads she is partial 
to grey coloring through knowing 
that Is the most becoming, and Miss 
Davis' change was Just as attractive 
as her ilrst gown. She delivers her 
numbers in a conversational style, 
getting everything over with the aid 
of a modest piano accompanist. Bhe 
may find other numbers better liked 
by the small time, but the present 
routine is all right for that popul i - 
tion, for Miss Davis can make them 
look hard ut her. It's noL so often 
small time gets a looker. 

Miss Arbuckle cn\ carry 'he small 
time along at any cnontenL She 
must be a small-time standard. Her 
act is full of tricks that get over, in 
changes of costume and numbers. A 
"gopd-lookinc brunet with a likable 
vaudeville voh-e, she registered so 
strongly with an Irish song that it 
Sth avenue and 42d street the hojs<» 
was hers from that moment. 

Bchafer, Weymar and Carr had i 
little nkit with music that was « 
mistaken identity fare© in int"io. 
one man trying to sell another an 
auto with the other be'«eving be w ■ * 
speaking >>t t womar Old stuff, but 
still 4a ughahie f<»r n *wer finer • - 
n<»n r»f stnaM-t'.fts patrotis. if the 

(Conti lUCd on p !.;.* }|> 





Friday, June 2, 1922 

V l.'l. 


■1,-1 I I." 


"■I'fc I '. I 



(All bouN open for ths week with Monday math ee, when not otherwise 

The bille below are grouped In divisions, according to booking offices supplied 

The manner In which these bills are printed does net denote the relatlre 
Importance of acta nor their program position* 

* before name denotee act la doing new turn, or reappearing after absence 
from vaudeville, er appearing In city where listed for the flrst time. 




Keith's Palace 

Bfinty A Bent Rev 
Dolly Kay 
Van Horn A Inez 
Creole Fashion PI 
Voltes A Don 
Fos * Curtis 
Bushman A Payne 
W a> J Mandell 
Ruth IiudU 

Keith's Riverside 

Elsa Ryan Co 
J't-KKy Wood 

CTafts A Haley 
Kddie Rossr 
Moody A Duncan 
York A King 
Four Readings 

KeHh'H Royal 

Jones & Jones 
Morris A Campbell 
•Lionel A twill Co 
s.wiboi.o A Delilah 
Four Fords 
The Lo Grohs 

I.nhr A Mercedes 
^Others to All) 

2d half (i-ll) 
Sinclair A Gray 
•Allen Collins A I 
(Others to nil) 

Praetor's 125th St. 

2d half (1-4) 
Pe Norer A Darin 
A) K Hall 
'Paul Zarrie 
Warren A <» I'run 
Tot«j Hammer 
(One to fill) 

1st half (5-7) 

Kenny A Hollis 
Sinclair A Gray 
(Others to rill) 

2d half (h-11) 
El< ctio 

Florence Brady 
The Stanleys 
(ethers to IR) 

Proctor • 58th St. 


Bernard A Meyers 



"What We Can Do" 

Kerry Conley Co 
Jack laglia 

Moms' Broadway 
Connne A Himber 
Foley A La Tour 
Loaey Hascall 
Willie Rolls 
Clara Howard 
Seed A Austin 
Howard A Sadler 
JAN Ornas 

Moss* Colfeewsa 

Weils Virginia A W 
Alice Harrington 
Howard A Clark 
Hob Halt 
Seven Bracks 
Harrison's Circus 

■ 26 half 
Jean A Whits 
1'ressJer A Kleiea 
The Gil Ms 
J C Morton Ce 
(Two to all) 

KeHhs Faaefsasa 
J C Me r tea Co 

Pressler A KUlsa 
I'tkim Charles Co 
Ana Grey 
(Two to fill) 

2d half 
Wells Virginia A W 
Joe Browning 
Howard A Clark 
R A A Boylan 
•Jose Moriche 
Harrison's Circus 

Moss' Franklin 

Dlas Sis A P 
Venlta Gontd 
Pevan A Flint 
(Others to All) 

2d half 
Reed A Sol man 

(Others to nil) 

2d half 
Daly Mac A D 
Leonard A Whitney 
Maureen Englm 
(Others to fill) 

Proctor's 5th Ave. 

2d half (1-4) 
'Tetty Larceny" 
Chas Harrison Co 
Kifaro Japs 
Sinclair A Gray 
(Two to fill) 

1st half (5-7) 
De Haven A Nice 
(Others to nil) 

2d half (1-11) 
Sue Roberts 
(Others to fill) 

Prwetar's 23d St. 

2d half (1-4) 

Leigbton A Dw Ball 

"Cheyenne Days" 

Billy Glasoa 

-Oh Henry" 

•Dorothy Kenton 

Ferguson A Mack 
1st half (5-7) 


Doohey A Dale? 

Florence Brady 

*8 H Everett 
i (Two to All) 

2d half (ff-11) 
I Jean Moore Co 


Kenny A HolHs 

(Others to fill) , 


Colu m bit* 

2d halt 
Anderson A Burt 

W A J Mandell 



•Case A Mayne 
Bob Hall 
Seven Bracks 
Toto Hammer 
<Ons ts AIT) 

Keith's Hamilton 

I'urman A Nash 
R A A Boylan 
(Others lo All) 

2d halt 
William* A Taylor 
•Diaz Sis A P 
Peaumont Sis 
Bevan A Flint 
Herschel Henlere 
(One to fill) 

Keith's Jefferson 
Toto Hammer 
The Oillis* 
Herschel Henlere 
B Arlington Co 
Dolly Kay 
•Charles Relliy 

2d half 
Dam. ral Vail Co 
Ruth Roye 
Hans Robert Co 
Billy Glason 
De Teron Trio 
(One to All) 

Keith's Regent 

Williams A Taylor 
De Peron Trio 
Anderson A Burt 
•Case A Mayne 
Billy GlftHon 
(One to All) 

•Ittne Franklin Co 
GeorRO Jescel 
Hawthorne & Cook 


Keith's Basbwkk 

Bernard A Garry 
I BddM Miller 
Mi Waters A Tyson 
Jack Wilpon 
Bessys Clifford 
Imhoff Conn A C 
Ben Welch 
Norton A Melnotte 
Lucas A Inez 

Keith'* Orphean 

Bailey A Cowan 
Kdwln George 
Kitty Doner 
Jim McWiliisms 
Harriet Marlowe 
Cleo Gascoignc 
R« ck A Reektor 
Moss' Flatbusb 

Sandy McGregor 
Cus Rdwards Rev 
Mel Klee 

Anderson A Graves 
La Fleur A Portia 

.Keith'* Prospect 

2d half (t-4) 
Kmily Lea Co 
Lahr A Mercedes 
Jos L Browning 
Dr W li Thompson 
(Two to fill) 

Theatrical Insurance 


Phone: Bowling Green 2100 

2d half ft ll) 
Rice A Weraes 

Willi* Solar 
(Others to fill) 



Foxworth A Fr'ncis 
gaxtoa A Farrell 
Adler A Dunbar 
Billy Kelly Co 

2d half 
Follls Sis 
Tho Comebacks 
Geo Mc Far lane 
Bontambo St Nap 



(Birmingham split) 

1st halt 
Portia Sis 
Kelno A Lee 
"New Doctor" 
Brlerre A King 
Aliases Campbell 



Spencer A Willi'mu 
A Hern Stanley 
(Others to fill) 



(Shrevej)ort split) 

1st half 

Jed Pooler Co 
Arthur AgjtU Co 
Swor Bros 
3 r.i . « 



(Atlanta wpllt) 
1st halt 

Weber Berk A 9 
Crisp Sis Co 
Nestor A Paynes 
Aithca A Lucas 


Tesas Comedy e 
Geo LeMair* Co 
Jack Rose 
Helen MacKeller 
Kitamuri Japs 

105th St. 
Bob Murphy 
Sllber A North 
Lockett A Lynn 
Koran A Mack 
Kenu Keyes A M 
Harry Cooper 



Sewell Sis 
Wallace Oalvln 
McDonald I 
Al Wohlman 
Barrett A Cunneen 
Carleton A Bellow 


Keith's National 

(Nashville split) 
1st half 
Reddington A Gr*t 
Col Jack Georgo 
Doris Duncan Co 
Zuhn A Drels 
Princess Radjah Co 


2d half (1-4) 
OrBoer Hyman 
Dooley A Sales 
AndrtfC Duo 
Wilton Sisters 
L Forater Co 
Polly Dassis Co 
1st half (5-7) 
Mrs Eva Fay 
Shaw A Lee 
Marion Murray Ca 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (S-ll) 
Ann Gray 
Mrs Eva Fay 
Warren A O'Brien 
(Others to 11)}) 



(N. Orleans split) 

1st half 
Perez A M'guerlte 
R-?fd ,<fe Tucker 
Hampton A Blake 
B«g City 4 
Anna Vivian Co 



(Louisville split) 
1st half 
Lucciana Lucca 
Kano A Grant 
Elizabeth Brlce Co 
Kennedy Bros 
Henodce Troupe 



2d half (1-4) 
Frldkin A Rhoda 

Walters A Walters 
Holmes A La Vers 
The Stanls>s 
Bailey A Cowan 
Frank Monroe Co 

1st half (8-7) 

Wright A Dietrich 
Daly Mae A D 
i Others Is 111) 

Jd half 
Day A Maiiada 
Rising Generation 
Ulls A Lee 
Marco A Louise 
McLaughlin A M 



B Morrell Co 
Sampson A Douglas 
Roman Tv 
(Two to All) 
2d half 
Jean A Rials 
Silk A Fisher 
Lovett's Ce'nt'tlon 
(Two to fill) 


HAG Ellsworth 
Archer A Belford 
Morrlssey A Young 
McLoughlan A B 
1 Lordons 

2d half 

Rawson A Clair 
Bart A Rosedale 
Mlldrsd Harris Co 


Day a 

Ths Faymaa 

Ulls A Las 
Lovett's Co'aftlon 
(Ons to fill) 
.2d half 
HAG Ellsworth 
Sliding B Watson 
Philson A Duncan 
Qarson A Wlllard 
■ Parker Co 


(Scranton split) 

1st half 
Downey A Clarldge 
Patrice A Sullivan 
Bsyden A Leo 


CHICAGO Ths Dnttonsj 

Davs Schooler 
Margaret Waldron 
Mason A Shaw 
Hall A Dexter 
Minstrel Monarchs 
Emerson A BaktwtB 
Olcott A Man 
B A F Maya 


Van A Corbett 
Jos Quon Tal A Sis 
Chahot A Tortonl 
Ruby Norton 
4 Ortons 
Rlnaldo Bros 
Miller A Cayman 

Hal Skelly Cs 


"Show Off' 


Gordon A Ward 

McCormack A W 

Raymond A Hchr'm 

Worden Bros 

Main Street 
W A H Brown 


Keith's Riverside. New York, New (May 20). 


2d half (8-11) 
Officer Hyman 
Marion Murray Co 
McCoy A Walton 
(Others to fill) 



(Mobilo split) 
1st half 
Grant A Wallace 
Moratl A Harris 
Briscoe A Rauh 
Elizabeth Murray 
Dcmar* .st A Clstte 



(Richmond split) 
1st half 
Will Mahoney 
(Others to fill) 


11. F. Keith's 

Aadrieff Trio 
Chic Sale 
Royal Gascoignes 
Vivien ne Segal 
Wilton Sis 
Gautler's B'klayers 
Van & Schenck 
Walsh A Edwards 


Ira vis 

Panl Sydell Co 
Johnson A Baker 
White Sis 
Lydeirl A Macey 
Eva Shirley Co 
Jack Norton Co 
Stella Mayhew 


B. F. Keith's 

Charles Semon 
Huston Ray 
Folerica Trio 
Berrlck A Hart 
Crane May A Crane 
Healey A Cross 



(Norfolk dpHt) 
1st half 
Jack Norworth Co 
(Others to fill) 



Geo McFarlano 
The Com* backs 
(Two to fill) 
2d half 
Foxworth A Fr'ncis 
Dunham A O'M'Ilcy 
D Kelly Co 
JAB Morpnn 
Hanako Japs 


B. F. Keith's 

Jean A Miller 
Whiting A Burt 
Daniels A Walters 
Stan .Stanley Co 
Sylvia Loyal 
Vaughn Comfort 


1st half 
Mcntambo Japs 
Sinclair A Gray 
. (Others to fill) 

Herman Berreno 
Moore A Jayne 
The Heynoffs 
Max Ford Rev 
C Belling Co 
Frests <fc Presto 



(WilkeR-B're split) 

1st halt 
Ross & Ross 
Frank Ward 
Joe Cook 
Alex Bros A E 
Robbins Family 



Monroe Bros 
Moore A Davis 
"Awkward Age" 
CAM Dunbar 
Greenwich Vill'gers 

2d half 
LAP Murdoch 

Brown A Whltrlller 
The Sun Dodger 



Burt A Rosedalo 
Itawgon A Clair 
Mildred Harris Co* 
Herman Berrens 
Tho Heynoffs 
2d half 
Monroe Bros 
Mooro A Davis 
"Awkward Age" 
CAM Dunbar 
W Manthey Co 


Francis & Wilson 
i Sliding B Watson 
• Ye Song Shop" 
(Two to fill) 
The Paynes 

Bainpsoa A Do'gias 
Greenwich Vill'gers 
I (Two to fill) 


Sandy Shaw 
Harry Kahne 
"Modern Cocktail* 
Montgomery A A 
The Duttons 


Hill Street 

M * A Clark 
Roberta Sr Clark 
Jimmy Lucas 
Wright Dancers 
Fenton A Fields 
H La Vail A Sis 





Suite 417, Romax B!dg. 

245 West 47th Street 



Oliver A v Olp 

Tom Patrlcola 
Espe A Dutton 
Lois Bennett 



(Sunday opening) 
Berk A Shaw 
Haley Sis 

Prineston A Wats' a 
Peggy Parker Co 
Reed A Tucker 


Golden Gate 

(Sunday opening) 
Norton A Nicholson 
Joe Bennett 
4 Camerons 
Luster Bros 
Broneon & Baldwin 
Rubin A Hall 
Mcintosh Maids 


^Sunday opening) 
S! mrer*s Midgets 
Edith Clifford 
Yost St Clody 
Prows Pis . 

Ned Norworth 
Wellington Cross 
Paul Decker 


(The Pantages Circuit bills, at the 
request of the circuit, are printed 
herewith in the order of their travel. 
The Pantages shows move ovtr the 
circuit in tact. Heretofore the Pan- 
tages bills were published with the 
cities in alphabetical order.) 






M Kan ml A Palaco 

Murray A Oakland 


(One to fill) 

Gordon's Olympfat 

(Scollay Sq.) 
Wilson Aubrey Trio 
Jeanne La Crosse 
Tracey A McBrido 
Bobbe A Nelson 
Tom Brown's Co ,■ 

Gordon's Olyntpia 

(Waehington St.) 
Foster A Joyce 
Herman A Shirley 

'Scess Yesterday" 


Three Arnauts 
Walters A Walters 
Margaret Ford 
Alia Axiom 

2d half 
IfcKe&ver's Revue 
Alia Axiom 
(Two to fill) 



2d half 
Three Arnauts 
Walters & Walters 
Margaret Ford 
Blackstono Co 


(Saturday opening) 
M Or«ss Hchcarsal" 
Homer Pis 
Pred licrens 
Parish A Peru 
Schietl's Ma*nettes 



O'Hanlon A Z'b'nl 
Bob Pender Troupe 
Jim Thornton 
Coscla A Verdi 



(Same? blir plays 
Helena 8) 
Pcttit Family 
Judson Colo 
Mile Khea Co 
Britt AVood 
"Love Nest" 



(Sams hill playi 

Anaconda 7; ilis- 

soala 8) 
Toekett A T. addle 
Bryant A Hai* 
Carl McCullough 
sTeLsftasj & Carson 
B Bouncer's Circus 



Lipinski'e Dogs 
Jones A Crumley 
Pantages Opera Co 
Emily Darrell 
Rulowa Ballet 


Pantages ' 

Emfle A Willie 
I^eo (»reenwoo<l Co 
Callahan A Bliss 
Royal Rev 
Teiaak A Dean 



Will Morris 
' Nada Norralne 



(Sunday opening) 
?.foI.^ Jesta A M 
♦ Popularity (TlrTs 
Nelson A M*dt.«an 
h'verett'S Monkeys 
P»t Pourri Dancers 
i Mack a I.ane 



Wilton A McAvoy 
Cinderella Rev 
1 Duval * Nymonds 
4 Errcttos 
Little Jim 

WaldeniasOk Press) 

BAB Adair 

Laaar A Dale 
"Current of Fun" 
Langton Smith A L 
i Patrowars 

"Spider's Web" 
Meredith A Sno'ser 
Oklahoma 4 
Hollard A Oden 

El Cota 

Larry Reilly Co 



( Wilkes- B' re rpMtl 

1st half 
Tybelle Sis 
Hale A Frances 
Chio Supreme 
Tumbling Dancers 
Virginia L Corbln 
Fulton A Burt 

Walter Newman 

E^ith Wi 
Direction W. 

Best VaaelsefBs 

Romantic Teacher 
Ward A Gory 


Wyoming 3 

Green A Dnnbar 


Pan American 4 

Sweet's Buzzards 




Dunbar A Turner 
Shaw's Dogs 
Mabel Harper Co 
Swan & Swan 


(Scranton split) 
1st half 
Smith's Animals 
Cratg A Cato 
Bensee A Blair 
i-unatle Bakers 
Ssmpsel A Leonhf 
Hortmana Co 


Class Manning A O 
Bayden G'win A R 
Dane'*? Humphreys 
Al Fields 
Dr Pauline 


i YORK CITY , Bobby Jarvis Rev 

State | Orphcura 

Rugc Jt Rose 

Jack Hanlcy 



< \::itn: 




JffiZGSlA, NOW AT 310 W. 47th ST. •""JE.^S™ 1 

Theatrical Rats ts 123th St., 75e. : Bronx, Brooklyn. $1.00. Special Load Rate to Bio Act*. \ 

Dunham A O'Mal'y 
JAB Morgan 
Hanaka Japs 
R Adair Co 



2d half (1-4) 
Leo Hoyt Co 
Runaway Four 
Mcc>,y &. Walton 
T Allen Co 
(Two to 011) 

1st half (5-7) 
Job L Browning 
(Others to All) 

2d half (S-ll) 
Dooley A Sales 




Nelson's Fatlence 
Melva Sisters 
Shriner A Fltzg'ns 
Pinto A Boyle 
Walton A Brandt 
Chong A Moey 
Sternarcfs Midgets 

B. F. Keith's 

Rodcro A 

2d half 
Ben Smith 
L»ol!y Kay 
•Diaz Sis A P 
(Others to (1)1) 

Keith's 81nt St. 
Mr Jit Mrs (1 WUde 
i a vim & Dsfhall 

V A ■ wtantoa 
Arnaut BfSg 
Billy ■harp's Rev 
Val Harris Co 

Keith's H. O. II. 

2d half (1-4) 
•Zick A Randolph 
Hawthorne A Cooh 
Flore nee Brady 
•Clarence Wilbur 
(Two to 

ift ha] 
Rica A Werner 

l-t half T.-7) 
McCoy A Waltnrj 
The Stanleys 
(Others to nil) 

2d half (8-11) 
Mabel B-irke Co 
Shaw A I-ee 
B Arlington Co 
(Two to fill) 

KiilliH (irpenpoint 

2d half (1-i) 
L.-iiy Mao * D 
Dixie Hamilton 
Rtephens A B*^deau 
Douglas «*■ Karrv 
ChOJT lilnp Foo Tr 
(One to fill) 

Oil) 1st half (5-7) 

f (5-7) iRuth Roye 

I (Others to fill) 




Jean A El^le 
i» a> i* Mardoek 

Max Ford Rev 
Silk A Flsh< r 
C Belling Co 
2d half 
ITists A Frosts 
Archer A Belford 
Morrl^aoy a Young 
•Ye Souk Shop" 
lloffjn.iii A Hoghe: 


Mares ^ Luu!«o 

Kdward^ A Allen 
■thel Pasksr Co 

(Two to fill) 
2d half 
B Morr.-ll Co 
Roman Tr 
(Others to fill) 



Phil on & Duncan 
Hoffman & Hugh* t 
Carson A Wlllard 
Mooro \- Jayns 
w Manthey Co 

Who Is 



J A B (^reighton 
Four Valentlnos 

2d half 
Carlo A Dufreai 
Chn<» Keating Co 
Pin Demi 

Fuller Bros 


• .» Salle Ourdent 

Bobbie Oordonis 
Bobhy Henshaw 

Grace I'oro 
Bobby McLeaq Co 
2<\ half 

Moran A Mash 

Boston lt'« s< h> 



M'Quay h li iz« Hon 
Paramounl Four 

2d half 
poMtv Henshaw Ct> 
Hamlin A Mack 


Romano Park 

1 Three White Kuhns 

Rita Could 
Waldron A Wlnsl'w 
(Others to fill) 


II. V. Keith's 


Ward Bros 
(Others to fill) 


Ben All 

Mme Verobell Co 
Leddy A Leddy 
Pierco A ('off 
Jack La Vicr 
Dougal A Le.iry 

2d half 
Flying Millers 
Paramount Four 
"Melody Garden" 
(Two to Oil > 

PAD1 (AH, RY. 

Orpin- iiiii 
Browning & 'Davis 

Eileen Florcy 
"Melody Garden" Millers 

Id hair 

i-'. i ►run o \- psjtrick 

l''i;jr of I'm 
(Two lo (ill) 


D. F. Keith's 
Carlos A.- Dufrern 
Cha<? Keating Co 
B< n Pernio 

2d half 
Robbie Gordons 
Rodcro' A Marconi 
JAB Crelgbton 
Four Valentinos 

Robt McKlm Co 
Bryon Girls 



Novelle Bros 


Do w man Bros 

Clinton A Cappell 

Whipple Huston Co 


Buster Quillan Co 
Uarly A Early 
Seymour A Jejin'te 
.Jack Conway Co 
Clark A Verdi 
Kdforda Oddities 


(Open week) 
llori A Nagaml 
Beeman A Grace 
Hlbbltt A Mallo 
Powell Quintet 
Lulu (.'nates 


(Suiul.iy opening) 
Mrs Jo nsen ' 
Whiter 1 '.rower 
Cralf & lioitsworth 
Kama 1 

Koiii .<t Prleo 

i rs Co 


Farrell a Hatch 
Futur.sfic Roy 
Lady Aliee'e Pets 
Dunley A MHIIU 
| MllMr Khnt Co 
Moran A Wiser 


Torn Kelly 
"Country Viliage" 
Stanley A Jaffery 
"Breezy Buddies" 
Kola Jacksoa Cs 



Joe Thomas Co 
La Pins A Kmery 
Cater A Garnish 
-Skipper K'n'dty A R 



Pnntagee • 
Bcrnivici Bros 
Henry Catalans Co 
Maggie Clifton Co 
Mason A Bailey 
Southern 4 
4 Danubes 


Julia Edwards 
Skelly A Helt Rev 
Foley A O'Nell 
C W Johnson Co 
3 # Amblcr Bros 



(Sumu bill plays 
Pueblo 8-lft) 
"Cupids Closeups" 
PoriHini Troupe 
"Melody Gardens" 
Iaeut Barry Co 
'Rome A Wager 



♦ Bards 

■ Nelson Co 

Basal Moran 

I A J Marlin 

"Goodnight Nurse" 

David Reese 



Norma Tulma 
Klass A Priliant 
Pot Pourrl 
Brson City 4 
Japanese Romance 


Pasquall Pros 
Del Paity Jap4 
I s as tors 
Ja< h Raddsn 

Kiii^' Si Irwin 

McKay A Sis 
KtevMae A Brunelle 
Joe Roberts 
Fos A Ke'liy 
Cooper .vs Ricardo 
"At the Party" 

2d half 
Jack Hanley 
Bunnin Si; t< rs 
Dan Downing 
Kitty - Francii! Co 
Baig A Le Vere 
Horlick ».- &ir fc.s 



Wyoming Trio 

Billy Bohoen 

Cossicr A B Twins 

Pete Grldin 

"In 10D9" 

Haig A La Vere 

Borkin A Petty 

(One to fill) 
:d half 

. Gladys Keitoa • 
I Six Tip Tops 

Adams St Gerhue 

"Syncop't'd Stndlo" 

Loftus A Lyneh 

Una. Clayton Ce 

Walsh Reed A W 

Le» Silvas 

Vie fern* 
Rose Seblea A Bro 
Lind A Treat 
T P Jackaon Co 
Jimmy Reynolds 
Nat Na7arro Jr Ce 

2d half 
Palermo's i:. nines 

Senna &. Wobcr 
"Htateroom 1»" 

Clayton a Lennte 

Mnrliek .t- Bar Sia 

< 2e> half 

Pure.: la A Ramsay 
Le Van A De Viae 
Al Raymond 
('has Crouch Co 
! (One to All) 


Frank Mansflpid 
Oeets St Puny 
Lorraine Sisters 
Marie Stoddard 
Tiie Gaudachmidts 

2d half 
Hartley A Jee 
d-.rinne- Arbueklo 
Cf.ok A Vernon 
Fields A Goltlor 
John Regay Co 

Avenue B 

Vito Duo 
~Bit» of fleoteh" 
Warman A Berry 
Marks A Wilson 
Tuj«U« A BeiUMtt 

.2d half 
Floret te 

Warman A Macfc 
Fred Weber Co 
Harry Meehan 
"Stepping Some" 



Palermo's Canineg 
^"nrlnne Arbueklo 
Clay Crouch Co 

Official Dentist to the? N. V. A. 


t-10:i Il'way (Putnam Bids;.) N. 


Lev/.- St Henderson 
senna A Wcbcr 
Billy SVhoen 
Nat Na/arro Jr Co 

Lincoln Pq. 
Forls * West 
Barker A Dnnn 
| Seymour St Yates 
Lew liitton 
Morton A .!• wsll Tr 

3d half 
Frank tfansAsli 
Carney A Carr 
"Stateroom 1ft'' 
S«nna A Stevens 
Joe Fanton's Co 

Greeley S«|» 

Gia.ivs ECsltan 
Parcel !a St Ramsay 
Orviile Stamm 
Bobby .Tirvis Rev 
Ths Leightons 
Hubert Dyer Co 

2d half 
Kl»ln Bros 
May McKay A Sis 
Joe Roberts 
Rueker A Winifred 
Cooper A Ricardo 
"Innocent Eve" 

DeAtrwey St. Sllvae 

L»>\vis A Henderson 
[Cook A Vernon 

:'»nnsi A "'tevens 


" ira Varmen -3 
<i Saunders 3 
Tj j Paulhncf 
Burns A Wllsbn 
' DifTer< ot Rev" 

Walsh Reed A W 
John Regay Co 

2d half 
The Gaodsehmidts 
Stevens A Brunelle 
Hchaeffer W A C 
Marie Stoddard 
Coaslar A B Twins 

I'M I In li 

Cooper St Lacey 
King A Km-.- 

sjehnsffsr w a C 

Fields A Gottler 
Joe Fanten Co 

2d half 
Orviile Stamm 
Parker & Dunn 
C Alhertson Co 
Yarke * Maybelle 
"In 1939" 



Warman A Maek 
Harry Meehan 
Kirksniith Sisters 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Vito Duo 
Warman A Berry 
'Hits of Scotch" 
Mabel Whitman Cs 
• (One to till) 



Carm y A Carr 


Teleplinne BRYANT 03:M 


112 West 47th St., New York City 


Special Orchestration Bureau 



Direction; CHAS. UORRlflpN 

Vorke .% Mayhnllo 
Toyland Frolics'* 

Xd half 
Rul-- St Ri 
Rubini & Rosa 
Jimmy Reynolds 
Lorraine Biat< la 
I<OW Hilton 
Wyoming Trio 

Rubin i ,<■ [(OSS 
Una Clayton Co 
tiS Van .v De v»n< 

MX Xlj) To WW 

(One to fill) 
Id half 
Rose Selden A Bro 
King A Rosa 
Jackson Taylor 3 
The Leightons 

"Inno< <*nt Kve" 
Al Raymond 
Bpscht'l orehestra 

2d half 
Cooper St Lacey 

< i Connor * ciiiiona 

K.^x Si Kelly 
Clnyton A Pcnnls 
(One to till) 

Van Sr Fme»son 
Hn rv y Sr Btadlef 
Miller .«.- r r s a rs 

l're<l Wiber Co 
Mab- l Whitman Cs 

2d half 
Tnlrtte A Bennett 
Naldy A Naldy 
Qooda A Waldo 
Hubert Dyer Cs 

iy, June 


JSd Scbwarts Os 
go* A Eldridse 
Hubert Kinnsy Oe 

Id half 
Cliff Bailey Do* 
Mere's A Bom© 
Armstrong * G ■■ 
RM tor A Gold 
J^BIU of BiU" 
p, L7l« Don A ■ 
SJ,,, A Carroll 

- *T*enttBS" _ 

• WU aonAK.lly 
1*9 Arados 



Roma Duo 

Bert Walton 
Franols Bom 



A D 



Prevost A Qoelet 
Wllllns; A Jordan 
P Abbott Co 
Arthur Dsagon 
CaT'ngh A Bverett 




. Direction! HARRY WEBER 

Hit. (May f ) Keith's, Washington, D. C 

Otbeon A Betty 
Chapman A Ring 
Bay La Paart 
Adele Co 

Leach La Qulnlan 3 
Downey A Whiting 
Bander A Armetr'g; 
Texas Onlnan Co 

> CAL, 

Zeno Muller A Carr 
Irene Trevette 
J'v'dah de Rajah Co 
Tom JtfcRae Co 
Jack Walah Co 




<Tfce World's Foremost Mlnatura Star. 
Booked Solid: Orpheum and Keith 

Hack A Dean 
Qulnn A Caverly 
page A Clrny 
Dogany Troupe 

2d half 
Kawana Duo 
Carlotta A I^ewl» 
Fred Bchwarts Co 
Hohr & KIdridge 
Hubert Kinney Co 


Bo Fast 
rah Watntt 

Edna Dreon 
Bernard &. Scarth 
llarston & Manloy 
"Dancing Whirl" 

2d half 
Dura & Peeley 
Dana A Loehr 
Barry A l...>u.n 
Geo Stanley A His 



Foley & Spartan 
Josephine Harmon 
Homer Miles Co 
I lodge A I-uw.-li 
"Getting It Over" 


Fowler A Carson 
Chnllis A Lambert 
Barrle A stremel 

IS A 11 Ko.»b 
(One to till) 

2d half 
Kdna Keir 
Or on in A Hart 
Nibio a Spencer 

\):as. Monkeys 


Juggling Ferricr 

Sd hall 
Theodore Trio 
Fletcher A Paaqnale 
Lillian Steele Co 
Barton A Pparllng 
Mabel Blondel Rev 



Turner Broa 
Morley A Mack 
(One to fill) 

3d half 
Davis A Bradner 
Elisabeth Saltl Co 
(One to fill) 


Obala A Adrlenne 

Melville A Stetson 
• In Wrong" 
Hart Wagner A E 
Jonla's Hawaiian^ 



Fred's 1'iks 
Montu & Lyons 

"Let's tio' 1 

Graec Cameron Co 

Franchini Bros 


ohas Ledegat 
Shan Toi k Ac Y W 
Ptte ('»irKy Trio 
Allman A Harvey 

"Syncopated Feet** 

Id halt 
Roma Duo 
Mack A Dean 
Qulnn A Caverly 
Pags A Gray 
Bogany Troupe 



Wilbur A Olrlte 
Morton Bros 
Song*"* Scenes 
Jimmy Lyons 
Fred La Reine Co 


4 American Aces 
Bertie Kramer 
Van A Carrie Avery 
Wyatt's Lads A L 



Theodore Trio 
Fletcher A Pasq'le 
Lillian Steele Co 
l uinn A Sparling 
Mabel Hlondell Rev 

2d half 
Chas Lcdcuar 
Shan Toek A Y W 
Pete Curley Trio ■ 
Allman A Harvey 
"Syncopated Feet" 


WHliaaiH A Daisy 
Hbert Carlton 
Wahl A Francis 

Tl. T' 

Weston A Kline 
Danes Follies 



AlYln A AlvlB 
Harry Gilbert 



"Money Js Money" 
Will A Blondy 
Brown A Elaine 
Marie Russell Co 
L Wolfe Gilbert Co 
Ethel Gilmore Co 



Dora A Fee ley 
Dana A Loebr 
Barry A Lay ton 
Geo Stanley A Sla 

Phil Adams Co 

Id half 
Juggling Farrier 
Gibson A Betty 
Chapman A Ring; 
Roy La Pearl 
Zaaa Adele Co 


Bender A Herr 
Bart Doyle 
Frank Cornell Co 
Lester A Moors 
Cameo Revne 


1st half 
Zeno Mull A Carr 
Irene Trevette 
Jovedah Rajah Co 




Playing Stoll Circuit In England. 



Id half 
Rose A Dell 
Lee Mason Co 
Calvin A O'Connor 
"The Poster Girl" 

Royal Pekinese Tr 


King Bros 


Hudson A Jones 

Bryant A Stewart 

Phlna Co 




(4 < AMKKONS) 

Touring Orpheum Circuit 

Next Week (June 4), Golden Gate, 
San Francisco 



Direction: AL STRIKER 


Bert Walton 
Franc in Rous A D 



1st half 

Rose A Dell 
I.' i Mason Co 
Calvin A O'Connor 
"Thr Poster Girl" 
Royal Pekinese Tr 



Dimond A i>aught'r 
L« i;r A Bell 
Chu.u GiM Co 
AHyna Car Lone Co 


I'rim « s- 

La Hi IfS l>uo 
A /* L lsariow 
Gordon A Henly 
Criterion Four 

Tom Mi H.i. Co 
Jack WalBh Co 



JAB Aitken 
Carlton A Tate 
Roberts A Boyno 
Wilson ft Larren 
Mssel Green Co 



Vee A Tully 
Beck & Stone 
Hale Korcrv h« Co 

Harry Sykss 


Rucsell A Hayes 
Jack Bsddy 
Carl A Inea 
Frod (Jray Duo 
"Around tho Clock" 


Burke A Lillctte 
(Three to fill) 
2d bait 
Bell Sis 

loando A Mllo 
Leonard G'dn'r A C 
(One to fill) 



Gen Pisa no Co 
Harry Watkins 
Khoda A Crampton 
Creedon A Davis 
Hoklaworth A Burt 


3 Cromptons 
Harney First 
Nelson A Gale 
C A J Lewis 
Furinan A O'smith 
Warren A Wsdo 
Camilla's Birds 

Bell Sis 
Leonard G'dn'r A O 

D Darling A Boys 

2d hal> 

Burke A Llllette 
6 Stellas 



Matin A Boise 
LAM Hart 
Brown Syrell A D 
Ted Healy 
Paul LaVan A M 



Permane A Shelly 
Dolce Sis Co 

2d half 

Fiske A Lloyd 

D Darling A Boys 



Mathews A Ayres 
P Conchas Co 
Knox A McGown 
Grace A Berkes 
1 Palo A Palet 



Galletti's Monkeys 

2d half 
Elliott A Linkey 
Delleclalre A Fr'cls 

G'D ISLAND. Nhll. 

Florlan Trio 
Glen A Adams 
L'wrences Bros A T 

Flanagan A St'p't'n 
Beilecialre A Frets 

2d half 

Fairfield Four 

2d half 
Knight A Knave 


Km press 

Florlan Trio 
Claire Hanson Co 
Mayc Hunt 

2d half 

Francis A Day 
Williams A Howard 


K A L Sterling 

2d half 
Charles Girard Co 




Again Tsewtsjt ORPHEUM C1BCU1T 



33 West 46th Street New York 

Telephone Bryant 1543 


Savoy A Capps 
Jark Lee 
Frank A Ford Co 
Uogart A Nelson 

2d half 

M !' 'Almond CO 

Maye Hunt 
Two Rose I las 
Knapp A Cornalla 



Kimball A Goman 
Charles Wiles 
Claire Hanson Co 


New Grand 

M D'Armond Co 
Austin A Russell 
Knapp A Cornalla 


Grand Opera 

Roso Kress DiTb 
Mason A Ilooney 
Gardner A Revere 
Lloyd Nevada Co 
Tom Davlcs Co 
Carl ttmmy's Pets 
Tul Bits of 1222" 
Bill Robinson 



Kimball A Goman 
Charles Girard Co 
K11K>U A Linkey. 
"Four Cheer Ups" 
Paul A Pauline 

2d half 

Savoy A Capps 
Jack Lee 
Frank A Ford Co 
Bogart A Nelson 

« I ■ ■ ■■■ ■ 



Charles Osgood, age 63, for more 
than 30 years connected with A. L. 
Erlanger, died May 26 at his home, 
104 East 40th street, New York, after 
an illness of several months. He is 
survived by a wife, son and daugh- 
ter. The burial took place at Wood- 
lawn Monday. 

Mr. Osgood first entered theatri- 
cals as a member of a song and 
dance team and later became an ad- 
vance agent for traveling attrac- 
tions. After this for a number of 
years he managed theatres for Tat 
Harris in Baltimore,, Washington, 
Cincinnati and Louisville. Later he 
was employed by Klaw & Erlanger 
as an advance man and still later as 
manager for the St. Charles and 
Academy of Music, New Orleans. 

He arrived in New York for the 
firm in advance of "The Country 
Circus" when the offices were lo- 
cated at 30th street and Broadway, 
and was placed in charge of the 
routing books in the exchange which 
at that time was known as the 
Charles Jefferson, Klaw & Erlanger 
Exchange, they having purchased 
the old Taylor Exchange business. 
Silica that timo he had been con- 
tinuously handling the routes booked 
out of the Klaw & Erlanger office 
and later of the A. L. Erlanger Ex- 
change, until he was taken ill some 
five years ago. At that time Victor 
Leighton was placed in the office as 
his assistant, Mr. Osgood devoting 
about live months a year to the 

Since the time when taken ill Mr. 
Osgood underwent two operations, 
recuperating from both at his win- 
ter home on Hope Sound, Fla. His 
Florida place was part of a colony 
which was originally formed by 
himself and some five or six of his 
intimate friends, all of whom pre- 
ceded him in death, including Au- 
gustus Pitou, Sr., Lee Juda of Kan- 
sas City, Charles Jefferson and 
William Tremaine, who at one time 
was head of the Aeolian Co. 

Charles Osgood's name is one that 
will for all time be identified with 
the formation of the first theatrical 
syndicate in this country through 
his association with Klaw & Erlan- 
ger in tho earlier days of thoir 
activities in New York. Those fa- 
miliar with the inner workings of 
the Erlanger otficc state that he was 
the most intimate "business associate 
A L. Erlanger ever h.ul. 

Mr. Osgood was a life member of 
the Actor* Fund, tho -Shrine, Ma- 
•On arid New York Athletic Club. 

(brother of the late judge, Abram 
J. Ditttmhoefer). Mr. Fishel is a 
nephew of" the deceased. 

During the existence of the so- 
called "Theatrical Exchange," com- 
posed of Charles Frohman, Klaw *c 
Erlanger, Al Hayman and Nixon & 
Zimmerman, Mr. Gerber was its 
counsel. He Bived the title of 
"Chantecler ' from infringement, 
protected the rights of James 
ONeill in his adaptation of "Monte 
Cristcv" and prevented unauthoriz- 
ed- picture adaptations of "Ben 
Hur* and "Peg o* My H«art." In 
association with Judge Dittenhcofer 
he was counsel for 'e Actors' 
Fund of America, also acting as 
special counsel on copyright ques- 
tions for two metropolitan dailies, 
"The American" and "The World." 

Mr. Gerber was born in this city 
55 years ago. He was unmarried. 

a generation ago than now. His 
last appearance in farce was in 
"Getting Gertie's Garter." One *>f 
his I iggeyt hits was made in "Baby 
Mine." He also appeared in "Tit 
for Tat," "The Girl and the Bandit," 
"The Duchess," "Around the World 
in 80 Days* "The Night of the 
Fourth," and others. He graduated 
into legit via the circus, running 
away from his home at the age of 
12 to join John Robins*:. '■* Circus. 
A mother and wife survive. 


LavM G<.rber f one of the leading 
'h'.'trical Attorneys, filed May 20 
°f fceart disease at his home, 215 
w w Ssth street. Now Y< ri<, after 
a month's illn. •• ■•. Ho wis 
Jor many years a partner .of the 
J '' Judge Dittcnhocfrr, having 
fil; '»K-d in the latter's firm as an 
©fii.o hoy. Tho sole survivors of 
the oldest theatrical law firm in 
jn« country now are Mortimer 
Fishel and L N. Dittcnhoefer 


Barry Baxter, 25, considered one 

of the leading juvenile leads of the 

present day stage, died May 27 at 

the home of Dr. E. L. Rounds, 130 

West 70th street, New York, of 

pneumonia, following an accident 

Uiat occurred during a performance 



In Cherished Memory of a Devoted | 

Hu«?l-iin«l and Ltivinu Fatht*. 

May His D. ar Soul R« > «t in Peace. 

JPNK 5TH. 1015 


of "Blue Beard's Eighth Wife," about 
six weeks ago. In executing a fall 
from a couch Baxter's head struck 
a bolt in the floor, sustaining a con- 
cussion which necessitated an oper- 
ation, which was performed at a 
Chicago hospital, In which city the 
attraction was playing at the time. 

Baxter later came to the homo of 
Dr. Rounds, a woman physician In 
New York, and remained there until 
the time of his death. Ho was born 
in England and first came to this 
country under contract to A. H. 
Woods. Later he appeared In 
"Happy-Go-Lueky" and finally as 
leading juvenile for Ina Claire In 
"Blue Beard's Eighth Wife." 

In connection with his death came 
a story from abroad to tho effect 
that Mary Landon Baker had again 
postponed her wedding to A Hitter 
McCermlek, it being intimated thai 
the sho'-k of the death of the young 
actor was responsible for tho po«t- 
ponenv nt of the ceremony at this 
time. It Is about the third or fourth 
time a d« lay has b*>en CCCaarOned on 
the part Of the bride-to-be. 

Walter Jones <!• .1 at his home In 
Bensoi hurst, N. Y. May 20, after 
an Illness of three month*. He w;is 
l^rn In Connecticut 48 years 

first Introduced *to Nesr Tork by 
EJ. E. Hire in 1*94 as tr.< prlnci] .1 
f un ma k es in "HM , " 
Ho originated the clown specialty 

which traveled over the country for 
ye.-irs afterward. Mr. Jonos was 
better known to theatre patrons of 

The death of Wallace Owen at his 
home in'Winchester, Ky., May 11 Is 

reported to Variety by Austin Webb, 
who says Mr. Owen died after a 
lingering illness he had heroically 
kept a secret from his numerous 
professional friends. 

The deceased played the Profes- 
sor in "Way Down East" for several 
seasons and created unique char- 
acter portrayals in many of Broad- 
way's? dramatic successes. In his 
long theatrical career he had been 
in support of many of the best 
known stars. 


Mrs. Leona Dare, who risked her 
life many times in making balloon 
ascensions' in various parts of the 
world, died in Spokane, Wash., May 
24 at the age of 67, after an illness 
of four months. Mrs. Dare entered 
her dangerous profession as a girl. 
She once drifted over London (Eng- 
land) hanging by her teeth from a 
pendant on the trapeze, it le said. 
In the 70's and 80s Leona Dare's 
beauty and daring won her a wide 
reputation. She appeared with 
circuses in this country and at the 
Follies Bergere, Paris. Her real 
name was Leona Adelaire Stuart. 

A new angle in the "Dardanella" 
court proceeding. In which Felix 
Bernard sued Fred Fisher, Inc., for 
an accounting of royalties, is an ac- 
tion Fisher is about to begin against 
Bernard to assess damages against 
a $1,000 bond Bernard posted. 

Bernard last year secured a tem- 
porary injunction compelling Fisher 
to deposit in a separate bank ac- 
count all the proceeds "Dardanella" 
has subsequently earned, the plain- 
tiff posting a $1,000 bond to cover 
court costs in case of an adverse 
decision. Bernard three weeks ago 
dropped the accounting suit against 
Fisher, Inc., in favor of a Brooklyn 
Supreme Court action for accrued 
royalties his attorneys state they 
will begin shortly. 

Harry Pearl and his wife are sta- 
tioned in the Berlin, Inc., New York 
office for the summer. Pearl \p 
manager of the Philadelphia branch. 

Washington authorities are furn- 
ishing the American Society of 
Composers, Authors and Publishers 
with a list of radio broadcasting 
stations to assist the society in 
notifying them that the broadcast- 
ing of popular songs constitutes m 
public performance for profit, sub- 
ject to prosecution by the copyright 
owners unless licensed and granted 
such privilege. It is estimated there) 
are over 150 broadcasting stations) 
in this country, a licensing arrange* 
ment with each of which should net 
the authors, composers and pub- 
lishers considerable revenue. 

Saul Bornstein of Berlin, Inc., re- 
turned home from Europe before 


Charles J. Burbldge. TS years old, 
died May 30 in the Brunswick San- 
itarium, Amityvllle, L. I. He was 
born in England and had appeared 
in legitimate attractions on the 
American stage for 36 years. His 
last appearance was in "The 
Gamblers" in 1918. The funeral was 
under the auspicies of the Actor's 


Gih'on Willcts, 53. for several 
years productions manager of the 
Pathe Film Co., died In Los An- 
geles, May 26. He was born at 
Hempstead, N. Y., was editor of 
several magazines and a corre- 
spondent In the Spanish-American 
war. Mr. Willets wroto several 
novels and was credited with hav- 
ing oiiginaled tho picture serial. 


Mrs. Roslo Greer berg, formerly 
known as Margaret Wendt profes- 
sionally, was found dead May 25 In 
a disreputable Chicago boarding 
house which had hecn termed by 
neighbors "tho house of a thousand 
mysteries 1 * because of numerous 
crimes and unusual happening! 
there. The deceased was evidently 

strangle -i to death, her clothing 

having been torn from hrr body, 
which showed many bruises. 

Grace Hawthorne, actress srui 
authoress, died in London, May 14. 

She was- well (WOWn aS an ActfCM- 

managi r in London, and in this 
country gainod some reputation In 
tho Wcsl and mid West, although 

not so well known in the East She 
appeared here in "East Lynno," 
"Frou-Fiou," "Camille" and kindred 
pieces in the 80's. 


Goorgo Angus McEdwards, brother 
of J. Gordon Edwards, the general 
director for Fox and purchasing 
agent at the Fox Studios, Los 
Angeles, died there last week. His 
age was 53. His widow, a son and 
two brothers survive. 

scheduled, owing to illness of his 
mother. Mr* Bornstein successfully 
Underwent a serious operation. She 
is possessed of great vitality and is 

The Q R. S. Music Roll Co. has 
announced It Is moving "Its recording 
department to Chicago June 1. 
Studios arc being furnished on the 
North Side. Living quarters for 
artists who aro working at the 
studio will be provided in the build- 

Mrs. Rocco Vocco (Dolly I si VarX 
is seriously ill at the Chicago Gen- 
eral Hospital. 

Irving Berlin, Inc., has tak#n over 5 
Lee David's "Abie's Lullaby" *from 
the B. D. Nice Co. The song was) 
inspired by the advent of a son iffto 
the David family. Its appeal as a 
professional stage number caused 
the exploitation arrangement be- 
tween both firms. 

A. V. Broadhurst, representing 
Enoch Hit. Sons, British and Ameri- 
can music publishers, arrived here 
from England on a tour of inspec- 
tion of local and Canadian branch 


Edward Falck, 48, musical com- 
poser and arranger, assistant to 
Hugo Riescnfeld, of the ItivoJi, 
Rialto and Criterion theatres, New 
York, died at his home, 12T West 
82d street, New York city, May 27. 


Albert H. Fits, songwriter, author 
of "The Honeysuckle and the Bee" 
i and over 100 other popular songs, 
died in Los Angeles May 22 after 
a long illness. He was born In 
Medford, Mass., 58 years ago, al- 
though he spent most of his life 
In New York. 


Mrs. Miry Romanl (prof< sslon- 
ally of the Two Concertos) died !fi 
Berlin, May 8. 

Mrs. Ward, associated with Jo<- 

perry in the management of Pe r ry ' s, 

Con« y Island, died May 2*5. 

The one-year-old son of Law- 
rence Gold is (Keith office) died la rt 
Wi ek after a i i>oi t mm :>«. 

The mother of Bam I rnard died 
in M Clemens, Mi. h. * y 2*. BnTj 
went *o the resort about two weeks 

prior for treatment, accompanied 
b ' her son Joseph. 

Harold Normanton has- connected 
with Harms on the professional 

Russell Hird is on the Watersorv- 
Berlln-Snyder pro" ssional staff. 

Billy Bernard (Bernard and 
Meyers) has gone into the publish- 
ing business wifn Ed Kamnetz. 

Samson Winn Is representing 
Belwin, Inc., In Atlantic City. 

Eddio Cantor has signed to record 
for tho Columbia disks. His "I Love 
You" will bo released shortly. 

Jack Landau of the Berlin staff 
will join tho Waterson, Berlin and 
Snyder concern May 29. 

"A Bird In a Gilded Cage," tho 
popular song of !;5 years a«o, will 
bo mado Into a picture »>v Arthur J. 
Lamb, tho lyric writer of this Harry 
Von Til/.er Int. B. P. Schulberg is 
producing it for release through the 
Al Lichtrnan Corp. 

Juno 5 marks the beginning of 
< Ight national conv» ntlons of ay 
many nvi leal Industry oi :!za- 
tlona, All are to be held In New 

Harry and Mabel Pearl arc. tour- 
ing the local Loew hon*< • with a 
"plug* act In the interests of the 
h< rlln hou.:e. 




Friday, June 2, 1922 

:j** i..i-a',i ■■■ 



* (Continued from page 3) 

return requires £300 a week. Tt's 
a rfood Idea, even if he doesn't get It. 

Bortram Mill*, accompanied by B. 

Bherok, id on the Continent looking 

I for this year's international circus 

j at Olympia. At the moment he Is 

after horses In Poland. From there 

he moves on to Marseilles to see if 

the big exhibition now running there 

holds anything for London, and 

! from there he goes to Barcelona. 

I quandary as to he shall do. 
In the early autumn Marie Lohr 
produces an adaptation of de Flers 
and do Croisset's "La Ketour" and 
wishes Boucicault to play an im- 
portant part in it. On the other 
hand, Somerset Maughan has just 
completed a comedy for Irene Van- 
brugh with exceptional parts for 
herself and her husband, Bouci- 
cault. The future, as far as the 
actor Is concerned, is a toss-up. If 
he accepts Mario Lohrs offer, Irene 
Vaubrugh will go holidaying. 

He moved over to the Piccadilly. 
There he found the quietude he 
'bought, only too much of it; so he 
moved back to the Savoy. There he 
had hardly settled down when two 
American managers buttonholed 
him. Bored stiff, annoyed and 
frightened of being talked to death, 
ho once more packed his grip and 
returned to the Piccadilly. 

| Managers are evidently getting 

j wary after the long list of failures 

I which have been registered of late, 

and there Is a marked tendency to 

revive old favorites. Many of these 

earlier West End successes, apart 

from their popularity, have the ad- 

I vantage of simple staging. This Is 

j an enormous advantage In these 

days when the producers of heavy 

spectacular shows wail that they 

cannot make any profit unless they 

play perpetually to capacity. Two 

I particularly Interesting revivals 
which are promised for the West 
End in the very near future are Sir 
Arthur Wing Pinero's "The Second 
Mrs. Tanquerary" >ud "The Light 
That Failed." 

With the arrival of the heat wave 
and the sunshine the concert party 
• ' proprietor is spreading throughput 

I I he country and the prospects 'for 
[this kind of entertainment seem un- 
usually bright. Gone forever though 
is the "busker/* and the parties to- 
ifay are well-organized affairs, their, 
artists being often well-known 
musical-comedy players. Despite 
the very high rates demanded by 
, local town councils, charges which 
i aliow that all the amusement prof- 
iteering is not in the West End of 

| London, every holiday resort will 
! have several parties and the num- 
ber of touring troupes is larger than 
before. A new move will be the 
municipally run parties in the 
parks of the big cities. Altogether 
It is estimated that between 700 
and 800 parties will be on the road, 
to say nulhing of itinerant troupes 
who in some places still struggle to 
earu a living. 

Fred Molr Bussey, for many years 
' editor of the Parliamentary Record, 
| known as "Hansard,'' died May 16. 
j Apart from his official duties he 
; was a regular contributor to sev- 
\ eral publications and was the Brit- 
I ish representative for John R. Rog- 
, *rs. One of his sons is business 
manager for Lord Northcliffe, an- 
other holds the same position on 
fhe Sunday paper, "News of the 
World," while t he youngest is agent 
for the. "Syndicate" papers. 


I' •The Sign on tho Door" finishes 
( Its successful run at the Playhouse 

May 27 and on June 3 the revival 
(of Pinero's "The Second Mrs. Tan- 
t query" will open. "The Wheel' 
'finishes at the Apollo on May 27, 

alio, and 1'jiyllis Nvilsou Terry will 
? present her ■ revival of "Trilby" 
. three days later. "Nuts in May." 

Which opened at the Duke of York's 

last week, closed Saturday. 

\L — 

At the Palace, May 2G. at 11:30, 
Laddie Cliff will light Parry Lupinu 
for the lightweight championship 
of the vaudeville profession. R. H. 
Gillespie will present a silver cup 
to tho winner nnd the loser will be 
given a large wooden .spoon by the 
"Co-optimists." The battle will be 
public anil there will he a uniform 
charge for admission of two shill- 
ings and six pence. The receipts 
will go to the Variety Artists' 
Benevolent Fund. 

I* ' 

The will of tho late Richard 

Thornton, who, with Sir Hugh 
Moss, founded this Moss and Thorn- 
ton vaudeville enterprises, has been 
sworn at- £105,000. Most of the 
estate is left to his widow, but 
there are many legacies to rela- 
tives and to employes. 

The new series of Grand Guignol 
shocks includes: "A Happy New 
Year," adapted from the French of 
Gustavo Duclos by Seymour Hick3; 
•The Sister's Tragedy," by Richard 
Hughes; "To Be Continued In Our 
Next," another adaptation from the 
French by Sewell Collins; "The 
Better Half." by Noel Coward, and 
a revival of the ghastly spiritual- 
istic "thriller." "The Hand of. 
Death." In the last item, George' 
Bealby will play his original part. 
Aurfrd Lee will take up Sybil Thorn- 
dyke's position as leading lady. 

one character Is allowed to call an- 
other a "bloody fake." No author 
can rely upon St. James Palace. 
There Is no knowledge there of the 
saying, "What is sauce for the goot»e 
is sauce (or the gander." 

A decree for tiie restitution of 
conjugal rights, the general prolog 
to an action for divorce here, has 
been granted to Gwendolyn Brogden 
against her husband, Basil Foster, 
airman, cricketer, former racquets,, 
champion and now ploying In "Tilly 
of Bloomsbury." Petitioner Is now a 
"Co-optimist," having taken Betty 
Chester's place at the Palace. The 
parties were married In 1910. In 
December last respondent's manner 
changed. He became indifferent to 
her, and she received a letter from 
him telling the usual tale, and add- 
ing that he earnestly hoped she'd be 
happier without him and that he 
personally would find "some rest and 
peace from the unbearable mental 
strain." She replied pleadingly, but 
in due course received tl s usual let- 
ter declining to return. The decree 
was granted, to be obeyed within 14 
days of service. 



George and Harry Foster and 
Paul Murray will shortly present 
what they describe as "a new 
style of entertainment." The title 
is "All In One," book by Laurl 
Wylie, staged by Jack Haskell, 
"conceived and supervised" by Paul 
Murray, George and Harry Foster. 
There will be 11 scenes ranging 
from the lounge of the*liner "Aqua- 
pura" to a harem in a playlet, "The 
Sheik." The company includes Jay 
Laurier. Ben Beyer, Charles Perez- 
off & Co., and Cicely Eldon. The 
cast In each town Is made up of 
the current week's Variety program. 

Elder Heam's "Minstrels of 1922" 
occupy by far too much time on 
the current Coliseum program. The 
entertainment they present Is quite 
excellent as a holiday attraction for 
school children, the singing Is good, 
but the jokes are weak and have 
long, white whiskers on them. It 
is certainly not a satisfactory item 
for the greater part of the show at 
London's leading vaudeville house. 
It* also handicaps the rest of the 
bill by reducing the audience to 
something like boredom. George 
Choos presents Alan Brooks in the 
dramalet, "Dollars and Sense," 
which repeats its Alhambra suc- 
cess. Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn 
& Co. provide the great attraction 
of the week and had a big recep- 
tion from the poor house at Mon- 
day's matinee. The whole of their 
six numbers are exquisitely pro- 
duced and staged, particularly 
their Aztec dance drama "Xochltl," 
although they might have had a 
more pronouncablo title and one less, 
like the name of an antiseptic 

tooth wash. 


May II Prlscilla Laurllard, maiden 
name O'Dowd, was granted a di- 
vorce from I'M ward Laurilard, the 
theatrical manager. There was no 
defense, the grounds for the action 
being desertion and adultery. The 
parties were married in 1900. During 
the evidence Laurilard was de- 
scribed as a "Dutchman" domiciled 
here for 30 years. 

Lady Constance Mary Malleson 
has obtained a decree for the res- 
titution of conjugal rights against 
Miles Mullesou, the actor and 

Maurice, (lie French Juggler, who 
manipulates six halls with one hand, 
Is about to leave for America. He 
Is not certain yet whether he will 
play any American time, but his ul- 
timate object is settling down in the 



Charles Garry, who played Sven- 
gall it the recent gala performance 
of du Manner's "Trilby" before the 
King nnd Queen at the Palace, has 
dropped out of the cast for the Phyl- 
lis Neilson-Terry revival at the 
Apollo The part will now be played 
by Lyn Harding. 

On occasions artistic London tries 
hard to appear interested In the 
plays nnd players of non-English 
speaking countries. We have had 
Japanese players, French players, 
Sicilian players, Russian players, 
and we are now about to have In- 
dian players. They will appear for 
two matinees at the Duke of York's, 
June 6-7, in a three-act play by 
Niraujan Pal. This is said to be 
the first time an Indian play, by an 
Indian authfer and with an Indian 
cast h is been seen in any theatre 
outside of the Occident* 

bread and butter on the road is an 
ex-officer concern, Sylvester's Cir- 
cus. This has been touring the 
suburbs and unless things buck up 
will have to close. Business has 
been disastrous, although every act 
In the show is first class. For the 

flatter of that since the early Vic- 
orlan days London has been unable 
%0 support a circus. 

It Is not often on let or, even a 
"star," is swamped hy offers or 
even hesitating between two seem- 
ingly substantial stools with a firm 
Seat on each. He will tell you he is, 

Although In days gone by we 
have had several good circuses in 
P.ritain, the two shows run hy the 
Sangers and Clinnetts for instance. 
Englishmen never seem to take 
kindly to the "big top." They look 

upon It an a kind of kids' show. The sanguinary expletive Is a 
The latest circus to try and win popular one In England, probably 

some of its users comfort them- 
selves with the historical fact that 
it is derived from the slurring of an 
olj ejaeulatory prayer. "Uy Our 
Lady." CJeorce Bernard Shaw para- 

llel y. ueorae tsernara !->n 
vzed the tirsr ni«ht audien 

ce on the 

production of 'Pygmalion" at His 
Majesty's by putting it into the 
mouth of his leading lady, and since 
then many dramatists have bowed 
to its power of providing a touch of 
realism to their characters. In 
Galsworthy's "Windows" a charac- 
ter Speaks of an ex-convict as hav- 
ing done "something bloody," the 
Lord Chamberlain's reader deleted 

but — Don rV'ticicnult. Jt the mo- the name word from "Loyalties," but 
anent, ho..e\et, 'is- genul'iely m a <tt the Bavoj in "The Oard. Flayers" 


(Continued from page 3) 

the Kammersplele, "The Steamship 
Tenacity," by Charles Vildrac; 
April 22, at the Lessing theatre, 
"Madame Sans-Genc," by Sardou. 
The first may be dismissed at once 
as a stupid farce — a deserved fail- 
ure. The second, a fine play, done 
in New York this season also, was 
killed here by the heavy direction 
of Iwan Schmith, only the Segard 
of Hans Brausewetter catching the 
mood — an undeserved failure. The 
third justified its revival by the 
brilliant acting of Kaethe Dorsch in 
the title role — a very fine piece of 
impersonation that carried success 
with it. 

A. H. Woods was at the Adlon 
last week to look over the German 
stage, and although he didn't buy 
much, he seemed to be in very good 
spirits. Through George MacLellan 
he acquired the rights to "Gri-Gri," 
an operetta by Paul LInke, and also 
took options on the farces, "The 
Werwolf" and "Casanova's Sohn." 
r ii 

Z*ast week In Munich c. couple of 
young American girls stirred up 
quite a rumpus In the opera house. 
They were giving a performance of 
Wagner'i "Twilight of the Gods" 
with a new scenic investiture, and 
the pauses with lowered lights 
seemed quite endless. Suddenly 
from the balconies came shouts of 
"Profiteers out! No smoking al- 
lowed here!" Policemen rushed 
down the aisles and arrested in the 
front row of the orchestra the pair 
of miscreants who were killing time 
in this. It must be admitted, rather 
tactless fi anion. It took some time 
to get the house quiet again* 
\ ■■ - ■ 

Richard Strauss has* Just com- 
pleted the orchestra score of a new 
ballet. "Whipped Cream" (Schlag- 
sahne), which Is to be played In 
New York at the Met and In Vienna 
at the same time. It la said tfl be 
as light as Its name. 

i ~=-» *j|g 


Ten theatre managers were ar- 
raigned In the First Precinct Court, 
Newark, N. J., charged with oper- 
ating last Sunday. 


The Auditorium, Harrison. N. X, 
was damaged to the extent of 
$25,000 by lire last week* I 

The Creole Producing C6. will 
present "Strut, Miss Lizzie," written 
by Creamer and Layton, authors of 
the song of the same title, at the 
National Winter Garden, New 
York, soon. 

Mary Servoss has been placed 
under a contract by David Belasco, 
who will present her In a new play. 

X group of prominent Germans, 
headed by Adolph Philip, plan to 
erect a $1,000,000 theatre in New, 
York. The theatre is to be erected 
on West 46th street, adjacent to 
Broadway. Edward Margolies is to 
put up the 'structure, which, it Is 
estimated, will cost $800,000 %0 

Helen MacKeller will appear In 
vaudeville for five weeks in a con- 
densed version of "The Storm." 

Robert B. Williams, In "Abie's 
Irish Rose," at the Fulton, New 
York, was held on a technical 
charge of manslaughter when his 
automobile ran down and killed a 
seven-year-old boy. 

"Robbed* Hair." by Laura B 
Alden. has been accepted for pro- 
duction by Max Marcin. 

Audrey Munson, artist model 
and picture star, who attempted 
suicide by poison in Syracuse, X. Y., 
is recovering. 

Prlscilla Dean, pieture star, when 
attempting to save prints of her 
latest picture, was burned on her 
face and hands In i fire in a western 

Eddtf Cinfor ordered' the large 
lank benei'h th*» stage of the Win- 
(Cont,in<ied ofl page. 30> 

(Continued from page 1) 

• ■ 

past two generations. What those 
directly concerned would like to 
learn is whether history will repeat 
itself in the matter of radio — will 
that /decline in popularity as .have 
the other crazes? 

With the approach of summer 
radio sales started downward, ac- 
cording to th,e statements of deal- 
ers in radiophone apparatus, al- 
though the radio set manufacturers 
are behind in orders. The explan- 
ation Is that the average layman 
has .conceived the idea radio is un- 
safe during the summer months — he 
has read enough to get some idea 
of static disturbances that abound 
in the electric storm period, and 
such disturbances detract from the 
results to be obtained by radio- 
phone broadcasting. * The desire for 
higher priced sets is given as an- 
other reason. 

The dealers, however, claim a 
come-back is due in the fall, at 
which time the leading manufac- 
turers will "jazz up" the trade. In- 
formation from dealers in radio ap- 
paratus is to tNe effect eompc a- 
tively few living within New York 
are owners of radiophones. Diffi- 
culty encountered in placing anten- 
na properly accounts for it in part. 
The newest device whereby the 
radiophone may be made effective 
by connection with the ordinary 
electric light socket (claimed to do 
away with the necessity for wire 
aerials) Is expected to bolster sales 
among apartment house dwellers. 

Despite the various counter fads 
the music publishing trade states 
the volume of popular music sales 
increased steadily until two years 
ago. The chain stores accounted 
for unprecedented sales for a time. 
But a revision of the entire scheme 
of sheet music eales via chain 
stores has dropped the volume of 
sales during the past year. The 
first important decline came when 
the Wool worth chain eliminated 
1,000 music departments. Sales at 
10 cents a copy became impossible 
of profit to the publishers, and 
Woolworth's policy could :.ot stand 
raising the price. There Is no way 
of dividing sheet music and selling 
one part for 10 cents, as is done 
with other articles. 

The Kresge stores, next In im- 
portance, then reframed its music 
departments, selling sheet music at 
25 cents per copy, feeling secure of 
being alone in the field, with Inde- 
pendent stores soiling at 80 cents. 
Publishers say the chain stores now 
selling; popular muslo have, sifted 
down the catalogs to a few super 
hits and let It go at that Back 
orders are said to be a thing of 
the past. Plugging and advertising 
to create a demand la now leas ef- 
fective than before because of the 
store managers' present policy. 

A well known music radio home 
entertainment publisher in tracing 
the various "counters" to the prog- 
ress of popular music has crystal- 
lized the professional idea of ra- 
diophone concerts and the absence 
to date of general payment for ar- 
tistic services in the. broadcasting 
stations. He said: 

'The radio erase Is primarily a 
form of horns entertainment, reach- 
ing every Isolated spot where the 
class of entertainment was formerly 
almost unobtainable. The lasting 
power and attraction of radio will 
depend largely upon the conduct of 
the business and the liberality and 
the broad-mindedness of the powers 
in control. 

"Looking back s to the various 
causes that have, from time, upset 
the muslo business proper, we re- 
call the golden period of canned 
music, when phonograph records 
and rolls reached the zenith of their 
popularity. It has always been a 
more or lesg discussed question as 
to whether or not these mechanical 
devices impair the sale of sheet 
music. They probably do, and this 
reminds one of the ancient chant, 
"And a water came and extinguished 
the fire, and burnt the stick, and 
beat the dog that bit the cat, which 
devoured the kid," etc. For just as 
canned music put a dent into the 
sale of sheet music, so, also, is the 
music of the air waves having its 
demoralizing affect on the sales of 
records and rolls, and to carry the 
simile further, along come the So- 
ciety of« Authors, Composers and 
Publishers, controlling all the 
worth - while musical copyrights, 
with its recent message to the radio 
broadcasting stations, which interp- 
reted into plain language, says: 
You, who make millions 
through the brain-children of 
f. minus composers and authors 
of the world, must cease to use 
copyrighted music for profit, 
unless through license you abide, , 

by the constitutional rights 
to authors and composers by 
Congress and revert to thorn a 
small percentage of your enorm- 
ous earnings as royalties for the. 
copyright privilege you enjoy. 

"It is an admitted fact that in 
photoplay theatres, 40 per cent, of 
the actual entertainment derived by 
patrons is through the music fur- 
nished. Some picture fans even de- 
clare it is a fifty-fifty proposition 
and that they enjoy the music fully 
a a much as the pictures. For this, 
the picture theatre is taxed 10 per 
cent, per seat pe*- year, a very nom- 
inal, fee considering that it hardly 
totals one day's receipts out of the 
thousands of performances given 
in a year. 

"Now that the majority of the 
vast film industry recognizes this 
legal and moral right, will the radio 
manufacturers meet the issue? It ia 
identical in their case, in that they 
also perform copyrighted music for 
profit, excepting only that it is 
through somewhat different agen- 
cies. They have everything to gain. 
There are indications already tho 
fickle public will tire after some 
months of radio. The interest must 
be constantly stimulated. The pro- 
grams must be widely varied and in- 
dividual tastes catered to. 

Rsdio Music Now Mediocre 
"Many prominent publishers who 
provided the great percentage of 
the popular melodies that proved 
such a great inspiration during the 
war. are holding aloof from radio 
until they know where they stand. 
The class of popular music broad- 
cast up to now has been largely of 
the mediocre type, drawn from the 
smaller catalogs, and in some in- 
stances poorly rendered by uninter- 
esting song pluggers and free tal- 

Over 3,000,000 Sets Have Been Sold 

"Commercially, radio has taken 
on astounding proportions. So many 
parts are required and so many 
varieties of each are manufactured 
that the volume of business runs 
into the millions. Even though in- 
dustrially radio Is only in its in- 
fancy, already 700,000 instruments 
of the leading makes are in use. To 
gain some Idea of the future volume, 
it is reported that the manufac- 
turers are several millions of in- 
struments behind in orders, some 
makers running three shifts day and 
night to catch up. 

*'As another indication, every 
other Incorporation In the daily 
papers bears soma connection with 
radio. The machines are universally 
sold everywhere^ Department stores, 
specialty shops* phonograph and 
muslo dealers artj si! beginning to 
stock up* attracted by the great 
demand and liberal profits. A small 
8x12 Broadway shop that specializes 
in radio considers it a poor Satur- 
day's trade if a thousand dollars or 
more is not taken in over the coun- 
ter. Music and phonograph dealers 
who formerly concentrated on rec- 
ords, music rolls and sheet musioj 
now reflect in their show windows 
a deep interest in radio at the ex* 
pense of the other musical items 
formerly exploited exclusively. The 
new trend is evidenced by the fol- 
lowing sign displayed In an up-to- 
date Brooklyn phonograph dealer's 

"Why buy a victrola when you 
can have the music brought right 
into your own home by radio?" 

"It is with this phase of the radio 
craze that we of the musical clan 
have to deal. No other business Is 
quite as sensitive to commercial or 
other disturbances or to the inroads 
of a prevailing public fad as the 
theatrical and music business. The 
equilibrium of these highly tem- 
peramental Unas Of entertainment, 
art and luxury Is easily upset. .,. 
Bicyols and Bleating Fads : '-' 

■There ars soma of us who re- 
member only too well the blcycM 
craze of soma years back. It lasted 
only a season or two, but wluio it 
did last. It kicked the musical bus- 
iness, to use tho vernacular, 'n\ fhe 
slats.' Everybody an! his sweet- 
heart learned to ride the bicycle 
out of doors. The parlor piano and 
organ were deserted, and the music 
business temporarily did i.ot i.'aaw; 
what struck it. 

"Again, when the roller-skating 
craze hit the country at large and 
enormous rinks sprung up almost 
over night like mushrooms,- the 
crowds followed the rollers, nnd 
once more the business of pianos 
and music suffered and was shot 
to pieces. The theatrical business 
w»s not inn 'ii better off. 

"But these cntertainnssftti were 
only passing fads. A short iedWO" 
or two and the pi.l.lic returned to 
its normal entertainment with i 
consequent revival iu the Interest 




iday, June 2, 1922 




1922 :| < 
|t# 4 — 5th Ave. and Newark 
|t# 11 — Riverside, New York 
it, 1&— Keith**, Boston 
Sept 25— Keith's, Lowell 
££ 2— Keith's, Portland - 
Qgl. 9 — Albee, Providence 
Qct. 16 — Orpheum, Brooklyn 

Oci. 23— Prospect and 

Mt. Vernon 

Oct 30 — Keith's, Philadelphia 

s| oT# 6 — Maryland, Baltimore 

Not. 13 — Grand, Philadelphia 

Nov. 20 — -Davis, Pittsburgh 

Nov. 27— Keith's, Columbus 

p ec# 4 — Keith's, Indianapolis 

Dec. 11 — Keith's, Cincinnati 









Direction ROSE & CURTIS 


Deo, 18 — Keith's, Toledo 

Dec. 25 — Empress, Gd. Rapids 

Jan. 1 — Palace, Chicago 
Jan. 8 — Majestic, Milwaukee 
Jan. IS— State-Lake, Chicago 
Jan. 22 — Keith's, Cleveland 
Jan. 29 — Temple, Detroit 
Feb. 5— Temple, Rochester 
Feb. 12— Shea's, Buffalo 
Feb. 19 — Shea's, Toronto 
Feb. 25 — Princess, Montreal 
Mar. 5 — Keith'/, Syracuse 
Mar. 12 — Bush wick, Brooklyn 
Mar. 19 — Orpheum Circuit 

to Follow 


The cities under Correspondence in Shie issue of Variety are 
as follows, and on oag*s: 



CHICAGO ..... vv . 23 














All matter In 


refer* to current 

week ante** 






Theatre llltlg. 


Hialto housed a jerky and draggy performer; that is not open to cor- 
affair which lingered along, climax- J rection, yet his moldy routine bar- 
ing the evening with hut a slight tered for brisky chattor would even 
appetizer of vaudeville being served 
against a strong hunger. The show 
is not to be compared with its pred- 
ecessor, either from an individual 
act or collective angle. There were 
on the bill a few turns which surged 
above the others anu stood out in 
contrast boldly, too much so for the 
other acts* benefit. 

There was plenty of talent dis- 
played in the opening turn of Maria 
Racko and Partner, yet there was 
something lacking which did not 
make it easily digestible. It might 
have been presentation, it might 
have been skilful showmanship, it 
might have been lack of stage dress- 
ingi yet a mixture of these with the 
present assets would increase the 
value of the act. Frank Rogers, col- 
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his routine of spelling match, sing- 
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L,aHeen and Di.preece, man and 
woman, talked more for an excuse to 
fill up their allotted time and rests 
between their sharp shooting than 
any other conceivable cause, Their 
singing and talking just isn't what 
it might be. The shooting is most 
remarkable, and this is sufficient to 
send them over. 

. The outstanding act of exceptional 
merit was Miller, Parker and Selz,* 
consisting of two men and .one wom- 
an. The two men dress similar to 
the Miller and Mack type, interpo- 
lating a series of pantomime facial 
expressions that are gems. They 
click through a snappy chatter dia- 
logue of questions and answers such 
as "If a boy bought ten cents worth 
of nails what did he buy the nnils 
for ' and the answer, "For ten cents, 
you big yap.'* and the like. Much 
ancient stuff or this order is served 
by them from the warehouse, yet 
they all land as though "just off the 
press." This phase of their act 
could extend indefinitely and place 
them in line for promotion if they 
modernized It. The woman has a 
most unusuai resonant voice, vol- 
uminous, clear and delightful to 
listen to. The other men sing, but 
volume seems to be their object 
rather than harmony. Small time 
audiences handed them the bacon. 
Bigger bait is in store for them. 

Arnold Grazer, the second single 
on the bill, trotted on, with an 

abundance of confidence, which 
radiated as far as the footlights 
and then stopped reacting. Grazer 
impressed in every way with either 
being obliged to show under handi- 
caps, or else showing a new routine. 
He started off with piano playing, 
cornet work and finished with 
dances of every description. He Is 
not expert in any of his work, and 
bowed off timidly. He flopped the 
worst of all. 

Sullivan and Mack glided through 
a marimba routine, opening before 
a drop in one with a cutaway which 
parted on the chorus of their first 
number. The man hammered 
mostly, with the woman stepping 
out for a solo. She has appearance 
and a soft voice, yet did not show 
choice in her selection. Her voice 
is peculiarly adapted to a "Buddy" 
style of ballad, while she chose a 
lullaby. The act is entertaining and 
pleasingly presented. 

Gifford and Morton are a com- 
bination of George Gifford, a single 
who kicked up a bit of dust here- 
abouts a while back, and his woman 
partner. As a combination Cifford 
has sacrified much of his single 
merit, particularly his burlesque 
classical dance, which he uses as 
an opener for the two-act, while it 
was his curtain coaxer during the 
life of his single. The miss he has 
with him is just a foil, who has 
dancing ability, fair looks and an 
acceptable voice. Gifford has made 
the two-act a hpdge-podge of hoke, 
but it did not turn out so good. 

McCormick and "Winehill, two 
men, favorites on the small time, 
just whizzed through their offering 
and rang the bell. Frank Stafford 
and Co. consists of an apparent 
midget and Marie Stone, besides his 
pointer dog. Stafford' j new offering 
is "Rip Van Winkle's Dream," with 
his whistling remaining the main- 
stay. In all his new turn has much 
of the old in it, starting oft with a 
mountain scene, with the midget 
calling Van Winkle, with Stafford 
coming out with his dog. 

edy skit and scored roundly, preced- 
ing Adelaide and Hughes. 

Closing the show was Peggy Bre- 
man and Brother, with her scenic 
novelty, "The Imps Playgrounds." 
Tins turn shows marked improve- 
ment within the past year or two, 
and the novelty of Its construction 
and scenic embellishment make it a 
most fitting turn for the bigger bills, 
as the work of the duo on the lad- 
ders, augmented by their hoop toss- 
ing, manages to hold the crowd to 
the climax of the offering. 

Irving Yates and Irving Tlsh- 
man, New York agents, motored 
here last week to spend a few days 
with their relatives. They returned 
to New York by motor Tuesday. 

Halton Powell, well known about 
Chicago, and who has had his ups 
and downs in show business, has 
hit it right again with a musical 
stock at the Kmpress, Grand 
Rap. <ls, Mich. The company has 
caught on, and it is said that Powell 
is showing a handsome profit each 

12. C. Collins, who has been on 
the door at the Apollo this season, 
has been added to the staff of Shu- 
bert box office men and assigned to 
the Studcbaker, which opens June 5. 

Max Richard, former booker In 
the W. V. M. A. offices, has been 
appointed New York representative 
for Eagle & Goldsmith, and will 
make his New York headquarters 
with Harry Burton. 

ably, but it was not until Miss Fri- 
ganza appeared with Cross at the 
finish In a burlesque dance that 
genuine enthusiasm was aroused. 

Cross, however, with fine person- 
ality and entertaining routine, in* 
eluding Babe Ruth telephone con- 
versation and some good stories, 
had the audience with him. 

Mason and Shaw, two girls, one 
In male attire, scored effectively; 
No. 2. The excellent dance, very 
manlike, and the surprise feature 
are the act's best assets. 

Frawley and Louise in "Seven 
A. M.," programmed for No. 2 spot, 
were moved to the fourth position. 
The material as handled by Fraw- 
ley, a nifty and speedy light come- 
dian of production calibre, scored! 
the hit of the Incoming acts. His 
ballad stopped the show. Miss 
Louise is pretty and handles hep 
assignments refreshingly. to 

Frank Wilcox and Co. In "Ssh-h*. 
registered a laughing success. This 
farce affords Wile excellent op- 
portunities and 1.1s natural style 
proved a big winner. Marga Waldron 
with George Halprin at the piano 
repeated soundly. The Luster 
Brothers with contortion acrobatics 
held the audience in the closing 
position. Bert and Flo Mayo opened 
the show well with a snappy routine 
of trapeze stunts. Some slides into 
difficult holds by the man and the 
captivating manner of the young 
woman are pleasing features. 

Miss Friganza, adding a bass viol 
bit to her "Bag o* Trix," was again 
the show's big feature, her success . 
being most pronounced. J 

Flo and Betty Elroy, who closed 
their season in vaudeville at the 
Rialto theatre last Sunday, left 
Monday for their home in Los An- 
geles by automobile. The girls will 

traverse the northern country hy| ou 7"; ( „.., 

way of Seattle and after arriving ' '' ' 

in Los Angeles will remain there 
until September. 

Business was off Sunday evening 
at the Golden Gate, with more va- 
cancies on the lower floor and boxes 
than any preceding Sunday. The 
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Appears as though the Majestic 
has hit its stride as far as business 
is concerned. This is the second 
Monday in succession that the lower 
floor has been almost fully occupied, 
and can be considered as a phenom- 
enon. Adelaide and Hughes had the 
headliner honors, with Henry San- 
trey and His Band, held over a sec- 
ond week, carrying the next to stel- 
lar position to them. 

It seems as though from observa- 
tion that Santrey and his crew were 
the stellar attraction. This was sig- 
nified by the fact that for the sec- 
ond week they occupied the same 
spot on the bill as the first week — 
next to closing — and succeeded in 
holding the house in In its entirety 
as well as stopping the show. 

All in all, it proved that the San- 
trey turn was a good investment 
for a holdover as far as the bookers 
are concerned, and probably another 
extension of his stay might be in 
order to financial benefit for the 

Opening the show was Raymond 
"Wilbert, described as the "Unusual 
Fellow," with an unusual classy 
opening turn consisting of hoop roll- 
ing and talk. Wilbert can be added 
to the showman category as far as 
showmanship is concerned with get- 
ting a turn over, as he has his turn 
trimmed to the core and sells it in 
an easy and suave manner. 

Then came Claudius and Scarlet 
with their banjo specialty, dubbed as 
"The Call of the Sixtiets." Their 
rendition of the old-time songs 
seemed to hit the right spot, for it 
bright forth tumultuous applause 
after the rendition of each number. 

In the "trey" spot camo Walter 
Newman and Co., two women, in the 
comedy sketch, "Profiteering." The 
Newman turn has been seen here- 
abouts considerably, but it still man- 
ages to get over in good stead, gar- 
nering an abundance of wholesome 

Doc Ilaker, in "Flashes." a light- 
ning change revue, also a familiar 
turn hereabouts, is another offering 
that can repeat and do so without 
wearying the eye or ear. The ap- 
pearance of the act hero marked the 
return to the offering of Polly 
Walker, who deserted "Molly Darl- 
ing'' tor her old, tried and true love. 
Miss Walker pretty and chic, seemed 
to work with an abundance* of zeal 
and delight. 

Kf Ham and O'Dare found things 
mighty soft for them with their com- 

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With Trixle Friganza and Marga 
Waldron repeating and Frank Wil- 
cox and Co. presenting a new 
sketch for their sjcond week, the 
current Orpheum's program, com- 
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factorily. Wellington Cross, given 
top billing, with Dean Moore at the 
piano, held next to closing credit- 

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consisted of all comedy acts with 
the exception of the opening and 
closing turns. Clinton Sisters opened 
the show with a pretentious dance 
offering in which the girls appear 
to advantages. The screen cartoons 
between changes arc novel but tend 
to slow up the routine. 

Marie and Ann Clark made good 
despite the heavy comedy earlier 
in the bill, with portions of their 
routine securing screams, next to 

Minstrel Monarch proved a novel 
act. The old minstrels scored with 
their individual specialties, the act 
going into the hit column. 

Ray Fern and Maree appeared 
No. 2, but can be classified as a 
next to closing act on most bills. 
They stopped the show. Fern's 
vigorous style in a routine replete 
with good comedy hit and material, 
ably assisted by Maree. was a hit 
from the start. Harry La Vail and 
Sister hold closing position with 
nifty routine of trapeze stunts. 

did nicely. Miss Wahl put over 
comedy numbers expertly and he; 
violinist partner's dance at finish 
drew substantial applause. Weston 
and Kline won show's honors with 
a comedy routine. Miss Eline. mix- 
ing with the audience, caught on 

"Dance Follies." including six 
girls, closed the show. With th< 
exception of the danseuse. who held 
the stage alone, the act has little 

With business holding up nicely 
the Warfield presented a pleasing 
bill minus any extraordinary fea- 
tures. Cowboy Williams and Daisy 
started things satisfactorily. The 
catching of the cannon balls on his 
neck from a drop of 20 feet proved 
a good closing feat. Ubert Carlton 
in blackface with talk and songs 
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Harry Singer, who is here looking 
after the interest! of the Orpheum 
Circuit in the west, including the 
big houses as well as the junior the- 
atres, issued a "time table" of the 
show at the Golden Gate last week. 
The idea caught on so effectively 
that Loews Warfield. across the 
street, got out a similar "time table" 
the next week, and then Fantages 

Alexander Pantages is getting a 
lot of local publicity out of a report 
published in the press here that he 
was to acquire a new million -dollar 
theatre to be built at Eighth and 
Market streets. When questioned 
about the rumor Fantages said he 
was negotiating for the home but 
that the plans were as yet tenta- 
tive and for that reason he was not 
ready to talk about his scheme. 
Archibald Treat. Fantages legal rep- 
resentative here, who was first ques- 
tioned, said he knew nothing about 
it. and added that he didn't think it 
true because the lease on the pres- 
ent Pantagee house has still fifteen 
years to run. 

Amateur composers are besieging 
the office of Ed Little, manager of 
the music publishing department for 
Sherman & Clay. Little is kept 
busy "shooing" away the beginners 
in order to have time to greet the 
professional members of the craft. 

In explanation of the reported fall- 
ing off in the sales of music, Little 
blames the trouble on the Jazz or- 
chestras. He says that most of the 
orchestras are resorting to such ex- 
treme syncopation in the playing of 
the various popular songs that an 
audience can no longer carry an air 
or. in fact, detect the melody of a 
song because it is submerged in a 
maze of jazz discords. Little an- 
nounces that he has arranged Aus- 
tralian bookings for Spencer's Or- 
chestra, which he intends to send to 
the Antipodes this month. 

Bill Ely. former manager of Loew's 
in Portland, who resigned recently, 
has arrived in San Francisco and 
will remain definitely. He has not 
announced his plans for the immed- 
iate future. 

Paul Locke, who for more than 
eight months has been producing the 
revues at Marquard's Cafe, has left 
that resort and will become man- 
ager of entertainment at liartlett 
Springs, a summer resort about 150 
miles from San Francisco. 

There Is talk here of a vaudeville 
troupe being formed to be sent to 
the Hawaiian Island during the 
Shriner's convention in June to play 
Honolulu. The identity of those in- 
terested and the personnel of the 
troupe is not made public. 

Business at Pantages. San Fran- 
cisco, is reported to be bad. This 
house is feeling the drawing power 
of the new Loew's Wasfleld and the 
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In the contest held by the Shrine 
Committee for the San Francisco 
Shriner's convention, to be held here 
next month for an official song. 
Fanchon and Marco won the prize 
with their contribution, entitled 
"Islam Greets You." It is published 
by Sherman & Clay and will be 
adopted as the official song during 
the convention. 

Diamond Jim Furness, one of the 
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erer that means. Furness was rea- 
sonably elated over the feat, and 
Barclay, for the moment, lost all his 
humor, so the habitues of the Rialto 
concede that Furness "must be a 
bear" at golf. 

Grace Barnes Fuppets. presenting 
"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and "A 
Puppet Circus," a performance for 
children, opened at the Savoy Thea- 
tre last week and did so well that 
the ei.gagement was extended an- 
other seven days. The show also is 
bcoked to be played in Oakland at 
the Orpheum. Jessica Colbert, con- 
cert manager, is directing the ven- 

Elwyn Harvey, formerly leading 
woman at the Alcazar here and who 
was starred by Frederic Belasco in 
the road production of "Daddies" on 
the Pacific coast, is going into 
vaudeville. She is playing "His Last 
Battle," comedy dramatic sketch by 
Walter A. Rivers. 

Edward Du Harne, professional 
dancer, is preparing big spectacular 
act for vaudeville that is described 
as a musical melodrama. The act 
will carry special scenery and cos- 
tumes and a cast of six people. The 
cast has been rehearsing for several 

The Oakland Orpheum has closed 
its regular vaudeville season and 
the house is being devoted to road 
attractions. Last week "The Unloved 
Wife" drew but a poor attendance. 

Hale Brothers, a big department 
store, are reported to have pur- 
chased the block in K street, Sacra- 
mento, in which the Clunle theatre 
stands. This house has been play- 
ing Orpheum vaudeville and road 
attractions and is a very old theatre. 
The report says the Clunie will be 
torn down. Very little regret has 
been expressed over the rumor, as 
there is general feeling that a town 
the size of Sacramento should have 
a modern and better equipped house 
to play its road attractions. A num- 
ber of capitalists of Sacramento, are 
planning to build a business block 
and include in it a big modern 



Washington's only remaining legtU 
imate attraction, the Garrlck Play, 
ers, is continuing to draw good busi. 
ness. This week, "Enter Madame," 
with Earle Coxe and Wanda Lyoo, 
appearing for the final week before 
going over with the Belasco theatre 
stock company. Next week William 
Harrigan will be the visiting star in 
"The Acquittal." 

All the summer parks are com* 
plaining of poor business. Great 
Falls did not get started until Dec 
oration Day. 

Picture houses: Palace. "The Or. 
deal"; Columbia. "The Good Pro* 
vider"; Rialto. "The Trap"; Metro* 
politan, "Trouble" and 'Step For* 

This is the final week of ths 
Strand with Loew vaudeville. It is 
the intention of Manager Sparrow to 
continue the house with films. 
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Milton Feld, manager of the New- 
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third annual "Follies" which will be 
started at the Newman Sunday, 
June 4. 

The Kansas City Elks will pre- 
sent their "Jollities of 1922," the 
lodge's annual charity show, at the 
Shubert June 4-6. This year's en- 
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order with a "flapper chorus" and a 
cast of 100. The production is under 
th-„ direction of Joe Bren, now of 
Chicago, but a Kansas Cityan and 
member of the local Elks lodge. He 
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ALLEN. — Alien Concert Co.; 
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IMPERIAL.— Dalton and Craig; 
Four Readings; Adler and Dunbar;* 
Maureen Englln, Foster and Joyce; 
Fields and Fink; feature, big super 
production, "Sisters." 

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passed and a tough guy bit fa one 

^Eighteen peppy, .bare -legged chor- 
isters cavorted about making a few 
changes and working willingly at all 
times The front line girls are of 
the pony classification, with the rest 
of the bunch running to different 
denominations and proportions. On" 
pick-out number led by Joe Rose 
wasn't gone after and diedaftcr a 
couple of encores. 

Another diversion was during one 
of Margie Pennetti's numbers. A 
baby in a stage box stood up and 
shimmied in the spotlight. The in- 
fant was utilized at different posi- 
tions in ad lib dancing and was 
probably the offspring of one of the 
principals. Miss Pennettl invaded 
the same box on another occasion 
and belted a sleeping patron over 
the head with a straw hat. The 
ushers said it was her husband, so it 
was all right. 

The burlesque consisted of two 
full stage scenes, a specialty by 
Rosa Rosellia in "one'' between 
scene one and two, and an after- 
part. The bits while old and famil- 
iar were well worked up and amused 
the house, which about three-quar- 
ters filled on the lower floor. 

Rose worked with a knowledge of 
his auditors that insured his por- 
tions and had no trouble pulling 
laughs. The line "You dirty bum" 
was a sure laugh getter and used at 
least a dozen times. 

The punch of the first part was a 
dramatic bit of the old sawdust fa- 
vorite, "Ace in the Hole," a song 
that used to split first honors with 
"Frankie and Johnnie" as a favor- 
ite among the habitues of the 
"Dumps of Long Ago'' (apologies 
to Bell). A basement cafe scene 
served as a background for the bit. 
Rose as a sap who is to be sold the 
place by Joe Cunningham the grift- 
•r, wanders in and rescues Pauline 
Harer, who is anxious to leave this 

life of shame. Miss Harer and Cun- 
ningham render the song at a table 
scene and wowed the old-timers 
present. The pathetic passages 
pulled a few laughs, but passed on 
the whole. It was hafd for Roue to 
accomplish the transition from com- 
edy to drama and have them accept 
him seriously. 

The last act is a hodge-podpe of 
old bits laid in a department store 
with a «pin sticking piece of busi- 
ness the best laugh getter. Between 
acts! Cunningham announced that 
amateur nights would start next 
Thursday and that Dave Shafkin 
from Minsky's National Wintergar- 
den, Laura Houston, Paul Yale and 
Clarazora, a dancer, had been en- 
gaged for the company. 

A bare-legged hula dancer was 
the added attraction, but failed to 
startle, probably working under a 
strong pull. Con. 




Direction: LEW GOLDER 


(Continued from page 7) 

perience and training, for the double 
reason that stock girls have been 
drilled in a great variety of steps 
and chorus maneuvers, while the 
regular Wheel girls are familiarized 
with only a single show routine. The 
value of this lies in framing Up new 
shows for the first and second week. 
The girls fall into the standard 
formations without requiring much 
training. Also stock girls are for 
the most part content to remain in 
one house for a considerable length 
of time. 

The current show, billed as ''The 
Morvich Girls," is a splendid bur- 
lesque offering. The girls are a good 
looking lot for this type of perform- 
ance. The company has two first- 
class comedians, Hunter, doing 
"Wop" for the first part and black- 
face for the second, and a quartet 
of gingery, animated principal wom- 
en. The show perhaps goes a little 
further in sprinkling the spice than 
anything New York has seen in a 
season or so, but under skillful han- 
dling it is entirely harmless, and 
back of it all there is that priceless 
element of genuine entertaining tal- 
ent which has the cleverness to dis- 
tinguish spice from smut. 

The one is without defense, the 
other needs none. There is all the 
difference in the world between an 
off-color line that is deliberately 
made shocking, and a tinted line 
that has a spontaneous laugh as its 
purpose and excuse. This week's 
burlesque show is full of blue ma- 
terial, but it is handled by genuine 
comedians who probably are honest 
in their effort to give a characteristic 
burlesque show that shall earn 
laughs. Nothing in it could be called 
crass, and much in it is really high 
class humor. 

Hunter has half a dozen splendid 
bits and at all times he is distinc- 
tive in his style. The blackface bit 
at the beginning of the second act 
is extremely amusing, and his spe- 
cialty, which involves some confiden- 
tial chat with the audience, is thor- 
oughly enjoyable. In the same spe- 
cialty he turns off an acrobatic 
dance that is a gem of smooth and 
easy stepping. Always he is the 
quiet worker, and that style is usu- 
ally the mark of a capable player. 
As Hunter stands he is a thoroughly 
dependable burlesque comedian, and 
with a lucky break and rifcht direc- 
tion he ought to have a future in a 
higher i lass of offering. 

His co-worker is Lew Dean, doing 
an eccentric, modeled rather closely 
in make-up on Ed. Wynn. The 
Wynn make-up is a mistake, for 
Dean has individual ability 
loses rather than gains by following 

somebody else. He is a good dancer 
and a fairly agreeable singer. In 
present company he is rather over- 
shadowed by Hunter. Alone he will 
develop. Just for one detail of his 
performance, he does an impersona- 
tion of Bert Williams singing "Late 
Hours." Ordinarily, when a bur- 
lesque comedian announces his in- 
tention of doing an Imitation, the 
seasoned burlesque fan shrinks back 
and prepares for the worst. In this 
case Dean's impersonation was in- 
teresting. He had a good deal of the 
spirit and >-ly!e of Williams, two ele- 
ments which most imitators miss. 
For the rest he was a smooth and 
easy worker, never loud or boister- 
ous, and always aiding in the build- 
ing of effects in bits. 

Among the women Kitty Warren 
made the best impression. She is a 
whirlwind of a singing and dancing 
soubret. One of her dances was 
rather over the line, a loose-hip, 
wriggling affair that approached the 
limit, but somehow (it's hard to tell 
how one gets the sum total of im- 
pressions of this kind) it was not 
offensive. Besides it was the one 
high spot of the kind during the per- 
formance. Otherwise the women 
comported themselves rather dis- 

No burlesque man needs be told 
that the general effect of a show is 
oftentimes a matter of luck. One 
man may spend hours and days of 
toil, long periods of thought and 
mighty effort to the making of a 
high-class show. Another (or the 
same man) may throw a show to- 
gether haphazard, without much 
conscientious striving for effects. 
The carefully made show may turn 
out to be a bloomer, and the careless 
one evolve — to the surprise of the 
producer — into a world beater. Here 
is a case in which a hurriedly done 
stock show has a world of neatly 
placed values. One instance will 
demonstrate the point. 

The first half hour is given over to 
pretty blue dialog and some rather 
extreme dancing by Miss Warren. 
While everybody . was looking for 
something a little stronger, the pro- 
ducer (Matt Kolb is credited with 
the staging) worked in a quick 

change of pace. Instead of a 
wriggler a little stronger than the 
last, he reversed the process and 
gave a number to Jessie Rece, a 
simple, sentimental ballad. The con- 
trast was tremendously effective. 
Miss Rece, by the way, is an ex- 
tremely pretty girl with a sweet 
voice and a fine high note, and she 
has the knack of getting over bal- 
lads. She did several later on and 
scored every time she took the stage. 

What could seem stranger than a 
burlesque show that alternated 
shimmy dancers and singers of sen- 
timental ballads? Take it or leave 
it, they make a tremendously effec- 
tive combination. You'd sicken of a 
whole evening of cooch dancers, and 
you'd tire of a whole evening of sen- 
timental balladists. This matter is 
worth some study by the burlesque 

The aggregation has a first-class 
straight man at whose identity you 
have to guess. Probably he Is 
Charles Weston, although the pro- 

gram does not make it clear. He 
looks a little like Wilbur Mack, of 
vaudeville, and has something of 
that fine comedian's nonchalance and 
ease of manner. To build up the 
singing of the show they booked in 
the Three Syncopators, who do a 
singing specialty in the second act, 
and generally are scattered through 
the pieces. Their specialty was an 
onjoyable musical interlude of jazzy 
trios, a solo or two, and for the finish 
an operatic medley, but their en- 
deavors during the rest of the time 
were palo and inconsequential, as 
commonly happens to specialists in- 
corporated into a show. Rush. 




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OHIO— McLaughlin Roportoiro Co. 
In •'Experience." Next, "The Hoora- 

HANNA- Dark. 

KEITH'S— Vaudeville. 

KEITH'S 10DTH ST.— Vaudeville. 

PRISC1LL.A— Lew Kelly Co. and 

MILES — Lillie Jewell-Faulkner 
Co., Whirlwind Trio. Roach and Mc- 
Curdy, "Tips and Taps," and pic- 

LUNA PARK— Outdoor amuse- 

STAR — Stock burlesque. 

FILMS— Allen, "Fair Lady"; Still- 
man, "Ueyond the Rocks"; Park and 
Mall, "Smilin 1 Through';; State, 
"The Primitive Lover"; Alhamhra, 
"Pay Day" and "Mamma's Affair"; 
Knickerbocker, "The Man Without 
a Country": Standard, "Step On It"; 
Heights, "The Last Trail"; Monarch, 
"Seeing's Believing"; Cordon 

Square, "Where Is My Wandering 
Boy Tonight?" 

under the present operators June 
21, 1921, obtained a permit from the 
city for one year, but a license was 
withheld. At the expiration of the 
permit the city council held a spe- 
cial meeting and ordered the play- 
house closed at once. The city is 
willing that the Lyceum operate as 
a picture house without alterations 
but would require compliance with 
all features of the building ordinance 
if it is to offer stage attractions. 

The order to close the theatre 
caused consternation and hurried 
action, as the "Greenwich Village 
Follies" was to open Thursday with 
a heavy advance sale. Cancellations 
began to come in, and out-of-town 
orders dropped off. The injunction 
saved the day. 

Owing to the uncertainty as to 
what the court will do June 3 the 
Lyceum has announced that the 
engagement of the "Passing Show," 
June 15. has been cancelled. Sev- 
eral other big road attractions have 
been booked for later dates. 

Betty BIythe is here in person this 

Ringling Brothers -Barnum 
Bailey, June 2-3. 


Illness prevented Stella Mayhew 
from appearing on the Keith Hipp 
bill Monday and Burt Gordon and 
Gene Ford (on the 105th street bill) 



ORPHEUM— Orpheum Players in 
"The Hottentot." 

NEW GARRICK— "Sonny." film. 

NEW LYRIC— "The Oath," film. 

LYCEUM— "The Beauty Shop," 

Edmund Breese as guest star of 
the Orpheum Players closed a very 
successful engagement Saturday in 
•The Lion and the Mouse." The the- 
atre did a heavy business all week, 
with many being turned away the 
latter half. This establishes the star 
stock system in Duluth. Martha 
Hedman will come June 25 in "The 
Boomerang," and Robert Edeson «in 
July in "Fine Feathers." Each for 
a week. 

ous Improvements to meet require- 
ments generally and were again al- 
lowed to open. 

Mildred Harris sent a letter to the 
District attorney here pleading for 
the release of Virgil Bennett, a 
negro, who was arrested as the thief 
who stole her necklace when she 
played here three weeks ago. Miss 
Harrki explained that in her belief 
the necklace was not stolen, but that 
she must have lost it. 

Sam Kendis, brother of the song- 
writer, James Kendis, is manager of 
the Aldlne, Felt Bros.'s pop vaude- 
ville house here, which is making 
good in the same stand where the 
Shubert vaudeville failed. . The Al- 
dine presents, perhaps, the sole solu- 
tion to the success of that house, 
which has to contend with bad loca- 
tion. The house has been prosper- 
ing since Kendis has been at the 

Whether a steel curtain is prefer- 
able to asbestos as a tire preventa- 
tive medium will be threshed out in 

May Collins, picture star, who has 
been taking a course in acting as 
leading woman for the Orpheum 
Players, will close here June 3. She 
will go to New York for an engage- 
ment there next season. Leona 
Powers, who was leading woman for 
the local company two seasons, has 
been engaged to take Miss Collins' 
place. Miss Powers closed a sea- 
son's engagement with the Baker 
Stock of Portland, Ore., May 27. 

The head of a New York film ex- 
change has asked local authorities 
to assist in locating a Pittsburgher 
who insists on sending amateurish 
scenarios in large quantities without 
revealing his identity. 

just another ripple In the great 
crime wave. 

The Premium Pictures Corpora- 
tion organized and capitalized at 
$500,000 in this city was to have 
produced pictures here, according 
to T. J. Flemming, president of the 
company. They have changed their 
plans to produce in Los Angeles. 
They are making five-reel western 
pot boilers starring Russell Simp- 
son and Molly Malone. and have 
completed four productions. Head 
offices are still -maintained in this 
city. • 

A fine of $25 was the outcome of 
Ejb Spooner's clipping off the ear 
of a trained vaudeville monkey for 
revenge when the monkey bit him. 

The local T. M. A.'s carnival held 
here May 22-27 was a financial suc- 

Rube Shaw has opened a bookh.g 

Two reputable concerns are Kiser 
and Bruce. Kiser Film Co; has 
completed building a large studio, 
said to be the best north of Los 
Angeles, and are at w6Tk, on ten 
two-reel scenic comedies for Pathe. 
Bruce is shooting over on the coast 
with a company of ten and .has 
completed two pictures of a series 
of six for Educational. 

The Cinema Art Club has been 
organized for social get -together of 
professionals. A weekly series of 
dances and entertainments is being 

Jake Lieberman. who managed the 
Academy, stock burlesque, for the 
past several seasons, is now in 
charge at Black's Pala Royale, 
where a small revue is atracting 
goodly patronage. 

L. W. Lewis and the American 
Lifeograph Companies, that have 
successively produced in Portland, 
remain inactive and do not contem- 
plate doing anything before Sep- 
tember. * m 

The raffling off of automobiles 
has been the feature of all carnivals 
held here. So far the number of 
cars for the season total 15. 

A package of old clothing or 
household articles formed the basis 
of admission to the Liberty, May 27, 
to the picture, "Trouble," starring 
Jackie Coogan. All goods were 
turned over to the poor. 

Two Duluth theatrical men have 
entered the political arena. James 
Mulhern, of the Orpheum staff, has 

court here June 3, when the jcity of cnd « h race f J th tate { iB 

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The Motor Square Hotel opened a 
cabaret last week, the only one in 
the populous East Liberty district. 
The leading entertainer is Ted Reilly 
of New York, who was advertised 
as an assistant to Zeigfeld in the 

and J h fi • ll i nt SJI:.« ey ™^SV »**«•. subject to the June primaries, 
rs of the Lyceum present an(J Walter Jo hnson, of the Lyric 

arguments. The city ordered the 
Lyceum closed last week and the 
thoatre operators obtained a tempo- 
rary injunction which permits them 
to operate until June 3, when final 
arguments will be presented. 

The city charges that the theatre 
has not complied w^th the require- 
ments of the building ordinance, 
chiefly in not providing a steel cur- 
tain, which entails an expenditure of 
$6,000. The theatre management 
maintains that its asbestos curtain 
is preferable to a steel curtain. 

The theatre, which was reopened 



Better, cleaner uad more repre- 
sentative pictures was the plea set 
forth In a document to be sent Will 
H. Hays and signed at the recent 
meeting of the National Motion Pic- 
ture League of Portland by its 
members, comprising local minis- 
ters, school teachers and reformers. 

Kolb and Dill in "Give and Take" 
did greater business in the one- 
night stands in Oregon and at Port- 
land than any other road show this 
season. They closed at Corvellis. 
Ore., May 27, and will take a brief 
summer vacation and % then invade 
the east. 

The Orpheum closed May 24 and 
the Baker Stock May 28. All other 
Portland theatres remain open dur- 
ing the summer. 

Headed by Hoot Gibson and Tom 
Mix. a bunch of Los Angeles movie 
cowboys will participate in the 
Pendleton, Ore., roundup in August. 

staff, is after the sheriff's job. Both 
are putting up an active campaign. 

William Vance, former representa- 
tive of Finkelstein & Ruben, in DuV 
luth, and now head of the Vance 
Amusement Co. in the Copper coun- 
try, was in Duluth Saturday and was 
inducted into Aad temple, A. F. and 
A. M. Mr. Vance is operating a 
chain of picture theatres with 
Thomas Furniss, former Duluth the* 
atre owner. 



Arlington Theatre, 

To lease for one or more years. 
Seating capacity 1,857. Only down- 
town theatre having car service at 
itreet level. Ten minutes to North 
or South Terminal Stations, where 
60.000,000 persons arrive and depart 
•very year. 

Address the Owner, care of 

Gustave Jackson, violinist, former 
director of the New Lynic orchestra, 
has organized a new orchestra and 
will be in charge of the music at the 
Zelda theatre. 



The sale of the former holdings of 
the J J. F. Keith estate in the heart 
of Fifth avenue here ends all guess- 
ing as to the probability of Harry 
Davis being supplanted here for 
many years to come as the Keith 
representative. Though the prop- 
erty had been left several years ago 
to Cardinal O'Connell of Boston by 
A. Paul Keith, there were insistent 
rumors that the Keith interests were 
counting on the structure as their 
future stronghold. 

Of 16 houses closed as a result of 
the Majestic's roof collapse, only 
five have remained dark. The other 
11, all acting on the advice of the 
director of public safety, made vari- 

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Although rumors and. announce- 
ments have it that Portland is to 
bo a film production center, there is 
no possibility of it. 

^-Incorporation under Oregon's blue 
sky laws for $100,000 on his good 
will and five scenarios, Josh Binney, 
who claims to have founded and 
pioneered Mack SermeU, is at- 
tempting to produce super feature 
comedies without experienced movie 
actors or technical men. He has 
produced one comedy nnd has been 
three months talking about another. 

Billy Dills has given \ift high 
school teaching here to return to 
the stage. He I» directing the dra- 
matic stock at Spokane. 

Curtis Gallagher, aged 27, was 
lodged In jail here charged with 
vagrancy. He Is suspected of pick- 
pocketing at the circus here last 

Binney and three promoters have 
secured plenty of newspaper space 
in Oregon papers, and the yarns 
would do credit to a Los Angeles 
press agent on pay day. It looks 
as if these air castle builders are 


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VARIETY addreae Mall Clerk 

Alberts Nat 
Albright Robt 
Armin Walter 

Ball Chas 
Helmont Mania 
Blackston Magic'na 

Carlton II 
Cecil Mildred 
Cole Ruth 
Corbett John 

Dale Jack 
Dal ton Marion 
Peagon Larry 
Pel Court Geo 
DeHaven Milo 

Edmonds Fanchon 
Xverdean Adelaide 

JTorrest Amy 
Jorrest Mat tie 
Frawley C B 
jrriedman Lew 

Gates Chan I 

fledney Billy l! 
Gilbert Billy |i* 

Haines Char 1 P 
Kami T 

Harlow Beatrice 
Haskell Jack 
Bines Phoebe 
Bird Russell 
Hoffman Pave 

Howard Joe 

lloyt Francis 

Jennotte A Eugene 
Jordan Gladys 

La France Fred 
Lancaster Dick 

Mi Bride Carl 
McGure Billy 
Mclntyre W Mrs 
Mansfield Bichuid 
Mayer C 
May J 

Melnotte Coral 
Mercer Vera 

Nolan Mildred 
Nonette Miss 

FetrofTa Animals 
1'iland Juliaa 
Phillips Golf 

Raujlal! Hildtr 
Reeae Lew 

Singer Adolph 
Smith Jim 

Williams H 
Wilson Billy 
Winters Jackie 
Woods Marion 
Woods Viola 

Earl Billie 

Frnnccs Porls 
Fox Eddie "Bozo" 

Glan2man Sam Mm 
Gardner A Aubrey 
Garrison Sisters 
Gellie A 

Gorman Eugene F 
Good Bruce R 
Gallagher Ed F 
Georgalic Trio 

Hetzel Minnie 
Hagan Fred C 
Ifenlere llerschel 
Holland Eugene 
Hammond Jack 
Hollingftworth E M 
Hendrlckaon Jas 
Howard Julius Mrs 

tverson Fritzle 
Irish Mae 

Jordan Josephine 
John.«on Babe 
Jackson & Taylor 
Johnson E E 

Kennedy Molly 
Keane Porls 
Kuehn K A ■ 
Kiaii Richard 
Kessie Herman 

La France Billy 
Lloyd Loia 

Miller Viola 
Murdock Japla 
Murray & Popoka 

Mack Gill 
Mason Edgar 
Melvin Bert 
MarcHl Pot 
Mel Tarn Laily 
Murphy Gene 

Newman Wm 

Polly * Oz 

Phillips Ji yn 
Toole Patricia 
Parry Rhod. a 
Purcell T V 

Riley Joe 
Rose Bail 
Rob.nsun Bill 

Ppaul E M Miss 
Swoarengcn W E 
Schuyler Elise 
Stone Georgie 
Shermon Dorothy 
Sheppard Pick 

Tremmell M'.nnie 
Trainor Jack 
Thompson & Berri 3 
Tips A Taps 

Underwood A W 

Verobell B C Mme 
VanAlstyne A C Its 
Vert Hazel 

Werner Elsie 
l Wayne Clifford 
Weston Billy W 
Waatika & L" study 
Wallace Jtaa 
Walczak Tony 
Warren B 

throp Amos selected in 1911 to open 
his Little theatre. Although they 
have been doing high comedy, such 
as "Wedding Belli," "A Successful 
Calamity," "Our Little Wife," and 
have also Included a thriller, ''The 
Ouija Board," this is their first at- 
tempt at a serious play. Since Mar- 
got Kelly and her glorious red hair 
left tho cast Elizabeth Rlsdon has 
been secured, and her performance 
of Mrs. Megan In the "Pigeon" was 
acclaimed by J. O. I* of the "Even- 
ing Sun" as a piece of acting as fine 
as anything seen here this winter. 
Of the entire cast she was probably 
the only one who measured up to the 
requirements of the play, yet all In 
all, it was a marked advance for a 
repertoire, and Baltimore filled the 
theatre as it has never been tilled 

Lillian Desmond, the lending woman, J Strand, Pinghnmton, for a local en- 

in the Florence Heed role. The 

company's best bet, judged from the 

showing In "The Mirage," is Susan 

Scott, who was an emphatic personal 

hit. Edward Pawley, Nellie Dewey 

and Frank Day are three others who 

will-have no trouble here. Virginia 

Duncan, character woman, Is not up 

to the standard that Syracuse Stock 

has offered in the past. J. Dallas 

Hammond is another weak link. 

Lawrence O'Brien, character man. is 

gageraent. Delaney, after hearing 

tlum, Bigucd them for the Keith 

time, ( 

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Ithaca appreciates a firm*. The 
Board of Education Ctoeed all the 
schools ther* 1 last w»'«'k when tho 
llagenback- Wallace shows played. 



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Davenport Paul 
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Remove your make-up with McKes- 
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The same splendid and dependable 
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NEW LYCEUM — George Marshall 
Players in "The Pigeon." 

MARYLAND— Vaudeville. 

GARDEN— Pop vaudeville. 


CENTURY— "Is Matrimony a 


NK\V — "The Glorious Fool." 
PARKWAY — "Faseination." 
R I V O L I— "Jackie Coogan 



The Victoria this week won a ver- 
dict Of %'ilh in the Supreme Court 
against the New Amsterdam Cas- 
ualty Co. for burglary insurance 
arising out of the robbery of that 
theatre October 13. 1921. when $867 
was taken from the safe. The in- 
surance company contended that the 
policy called for a watchmnn at the 
theatre at cill times, except when 
the house Was or en, and that as thfc 
burglary occurred at 9 o'cloek a. m.. 
when no watchman was on duty, the 

policy was \m<i. The th e at r e com- 

pany took the position that the pol- 
icy was in force, as the hou^e \\u.s 
open for business at the time. 

Inasmuch as no announcements 
of Shea's Court Street bill for next 
week have been forthcoming it is 
believed that Saturday will mark 
the closing of the house for the 

only fair. Harry Jackson, stage di- 
rector, who also plays parts, is very 
satisfactory. Laurel Love and Irlne 
O'Brien round out the cast. Next 
week, "The Copperhead." 

TEMPLE— Vaudeville. 

STRAND— "Penrod." all the week. 

EMPIRE— "Doubling for Romeo." 

ROBB1NS-ECKEL— "After Mid- 
SAVOY— "Other Women's Clothes." 

RIVOLI— "Bought and Paid For." 


Incidentally, Ruth Budd and Karyl 
Norman are on the same bill. Tlu ir 
engagement was reported as having 
been broken last week. 

The bill at the Maryland next 
week will be one selected by popular 
vote. For the past month ballots 
have been taken, and John Steel was 
the leader. He has been secured to 
headline the bill, with Aileen Stan- 
ley, who was here last week, will 
return again, and the Lightner Sis- 
ters and Newton Alexander will 
complete the trio of headliners. A 
year ago, when Steel appeared here 
to top a "request" bill, he was re- 
tained a second week, and packed 
the house at each performance. Since 
his appearance here in the "Follies 
two years ago Baltimore has fallen 
hard for his voice. 

The Hagenbeek -Wallace Circus 
played its annual Buffalo date Mon- 
day to excellent business. Matinee 
crowd showed strong, with evening 
going to capacity. Kingling-Bar- 
num May 30-31. 

The summer season of musical and 
operatic stock that will be offered at 
the Bastable will be sponsored by 
the Professional Players, Inc., an 
organization formed by Syracuse 
professionals and society leaders. 
The incorporators Include Lucia L. 
Knowles, Mrs. Gard Foster, Mrs. 
Olive V. S hiller. R. It. Edwards and 
Stephen Bastable. The Bastable will 
open the season June i!6, jt is 

■Rder;*r L. Weill, long the manager 
of the strand i films) here, is on a 
three months' have of absence, 
made imperative by failing health. 
During ins absence R. O. Weinberg 
is in charge* Mr. Weinberg bads 
from Buffalo. 

The Peeeroft Film Co. of New 
York has found a now Jackie Coo- 
gan in tho person of Ira Kaplan of 
Utica, and the three-year-old Uilcan 

will be starred in a special produc- 

Charles Bowe, for many years 
connected with the Olympic inter- 
ests, is now managing the Frontier 
one of the General string of neigh- 
borhood houses. 

Alterations have been completed 
at the Criterion and the house is 
ready for occupancy in the early 
fall. No announcement of the new 
policy has y< t been made, but it is 
said second-string burlesque will be 
current. Local rentals are being so- 
licited for the sumrn* r. 

The Billy Alien musical comedy 
troupe opened an engagement at tho 
Avon, Watertown, this week. Film 
program also. 

■ v — * 

The Park, Utica, embroiled In a 
series of financial misfortunes in re- 
cent years, has been attached by a 
warrant issued by County Judge 
Hazard in the action of the Gold- 
stein Brothers Amusement Co., 
against Utica Theatres, Inc., sched- 
uled for trial at the September trial 
term. The Goldstein firm has been 
operating the Park since 1918 for the 
Utica Theatres, Inc., owners. Alfred 
S. Black of Boston, interested in the 
Piedmont Motion Picture Corpora- 
tion, is the chief stockholder in the 
Utica corporation, although the 
Goldsteins also own stock in it. In 
the Goldsteins complaint there are 
thirty-one items claimed, the 
amount sought standing at $25,- 
219.08. Loans are featured. It had 
been reported for some time that 
the Park was destined to pass to the 
Frank Em psall- Charles S«sonske 
Interests of Watertown, but the deal 
is off, at bast until the completion 
of the suit. 



ORPHEUM -Vancouver Player* 
in "Enter Madame." Last week, 
"Naughty Wif*>." Business con- 
tinues good. Richard Frazier re- 
turned to company after absence of 
several weeks. 

I A NT AGES— Vaudeville. 

ver's Little Theatre Players, who 
made their first appearance this 
season, presented their one-act 
plays 25-26-27. 

ROYAL— Pictures. I i I 

COLUMBIA— Pictures. 

EMPRESS — Dark. Emprfs 

Players will likely return this fall 
from Orphetim. 

AVENUE— Dark. No road attrac- 
tions listed. 

ALLEN- "Turn to the Right,- 
Rex Ingram production. » 

Films: Capitol, Dominion, Globe, 
Rex, Maple Leaf, Colunial and 

The George Marshall Players have- 
begun their sixth week in Baltimore 
by producing "The Pigeon," that 
play of ups and downs which \\ in- 


To rrnt by hour or day for act*, 



productions or dancing. 

Mho MiitaWe a* h ftgSJ&jg** 1 * 

145 Wr>T 43.1 STREET 
llrnadway I*!"'™* Kr>ant M . •» 


Big or little, thick or thin, 
Shape ail wrong from heei to chin, 
Short and stout, or lean and tall — 
EDDIE MACK can fit them all. 

No. 85 

Mess' Broadway, New Ycrk 

(Send in year Limerick) 

1582-1584 Broadway 

©&p. Strand Theatre 

722-724 Seventh Ave. 

Opp. Columbia Theatre 

Jeffry Lazarus, exploitation man 

for First National, put over a fast 
one on the trusting official! of Ni- 
agara Falls last Week in connection 
with the "Smilin' Through" publicity 
campaign which has been burning 
up Western New York. Lazarus ob- 
tained permission from the author- 
ities to paint 8cv« ral slogans con- 
taining the name of the picture on 
the pavements of the principal thor- 
oughfares. It was ordered, how- 
ever, that the lettering he done In 
whitewash, so that it might be eas- 
ily obliterated. Inasmuch as the 
picture was showing an entire week 
some degree of pcrmananey was ele- 
sirable. Some one dumped glue into 
the whitewash bucket and the city 
officials are s'iil trying to scrub the 
lettering off the pavements. 



W NOTING— All week. "The Mi- 
rage," by the Westchester Player! 
a^ the opening Of the summer stock. 
The players are pew to Syracuse, 
Coming Here from Mount Vernon. 
where they have played for two sea- 
son!. The impression Monday 
night was generally favorable, al- 
though in some respects the Com- 
part} will stand Improvement. Les- 
lie Ailam«j, leading man. h.ol little 
to do the real burden failing upon 

"William Delaney, Keith booking 
agent, dropped into Binghamton last 
week and signed the Kiwanis Quar- 
tet of that city for a ten weeks' 
vaudeville trip. The personnel of 
the quartet is drafted from the solo- 
ists of Binghamton churches. T.;.*t 
week the quartet was singing at the 

Guerrini A. Co 

Tbt Leading an# 



in tn« United States 

J'li* only ►•< turj irakra any act 

Of flee da — mad* to 


277-279 Columbai 


8«a Franctic*. Cat 

On 34th Street 



One of the oldest established 
furrier! in tho city. For years, 
women who love smart furs have 
come to us. Because we are really 
wholesalers selling at retail, you 
are sure to find here the most ex- 
tensive collection, the most 
wanted pelts in the most popular 
styles, always at tremendous 

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AXKmE i Y every week 
by Subscribing for it 

The sureat way. You don't have to depend upon newaal 
if a regular nubacriber to Variety. \ 

Subscription, $7 yearly; $3.50 six months. 

Foreign, $8 yearly; $4 six months. 

Special Summer Rate: $2 three months: SgJ 





Friday, June 2, 1822 













R!n*le without l»»tli. 910.50 p«r week 
Single with bath. f 14.00 per week 

DouMn with hath. $17.50 and 911.00 per week 
l>oul>le without Imth. f 14.00 per weak 


(Of the Better Kind— Within Mesne of Economical Folks) 
rnfler the direct AtiperviHlon of the owner*. Located In the heart ofthe olty. Ju»t 

WT Itroadwmy, rlone to nil booking offices, principal theatre*, deportment otores, 

traction line*. "L" road ami subway. . ■:■.' i\. ... 

Wo ar« the larireat aaaintalnera of honnckeepln* fnrnlahed annrtwonts opcclnlni- 

tne tn theatrical folks. We are on the ground daily. Thio nlouo insure* proonpt 

nor > loo and cleanliness. 


911 to 941 West 45tb Sfc. 

Phone Lonsncre 95G0 
type elemlor, flrcproof lialld- 
In*. One, two aad three room.; built- 
in bath* with shtmcr.H, Tilct! kitchen- 
ottcM. Thn-e room* have fall-tiled 

#184)0 up Weekly. 965.00 np Monthly. 


830 West 43d Street 

Phone Bryant 6131 

One, three and four apartment* 
with kitrhcnrttcH. private huth and 
telephone. I u usual luni»«.!iiiig». room 
■minM-mrnls a (ford* the lit moat pri- 
vacy. All nifrht hall attendant. 

Uatc* 916.00 up Weekly. 


241-247/WB8T 43d 8TBXKT 
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One, three and four room apartment* 
with kitchenette*, private hath* and tele- 
phone. Directly off Times Square. Un- 
usual furnlAhlng*, room arrr.njrrinrnt af- 
fords every privary. All night hall at- 

Bate*. 916.00 np weekly. 

Address All Communications to II. CI-AMAN, 

Principal Oflloe — Yamlis Court, 311 West 43d Streel, New York. 

Apartments Can lie Seen Evenings. Office in Each Building. 


Long-acre 9444 — Bryant 4293 


Ceo. P. Schneider, Prop. 



323-325 West 43rd Street 

Private Bath, 3-4 Rooma, Catering to the co 

the profession. 

Steam Heat and IE lee trie Light - • • 



fort nnd convenience of 

90,50 Up 


355 W. 61st Street 

9440 CIRCLD 


312 W. 48th Street 


Fireproof baildlrg* of the newest type, having every device and convenience. 
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Addreas all communication* to Charles Tenenbanm, Irvlngton Hall. 



Between 46th and 47th Street* One Block Went of Broadway 

I Three. Four and Flve-Itoom High-Clnae Furnished Apartment* — 919 Up 

Strictly Professional. B1K.S GKOKGK UlEGEl* Mgr Phj>ae»: Bryant 9950-1 


10th and ChestnutpUY I AHFI PHIA 8 -Story, Fireproof. 
Street* rrill^i\EJCsiasTEs\M\^%py ionB in Every Room. 


te H>« Heart of Theatre and Shopping District. Recently Op»*flS; BenutifsJIy FuriHihw) 



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Room* with hot and cold r una lot; water, housekeeping privilege*. 
gas. electricity, maid service, aad linen Included; telephone, bath, 
kitchen on every floor for your convenience. 

Situated 50 feet from Central Park Woat; IS minute* from booking 

office*, next 8th Ave. surface cars, 9 minute* from Cth aad tth Ave. 
"L" Stations. 



14 WEST 101st ST., N. Y. CITY Phone RIVERSIDE 5026 



\lhConvenience*. > acaneies Now Open. 

207 W. 40th St.— Off B'way 

Phone: BRYANT 1477-9 


Florida Country Cottage 


Tol. Dongnai Hill 969-W 

5?I Railroad Avenue 

S4 feet from the It. H. or city car 


Room and Hoard at City Price 

38th Street and Broadway 







31 West 71st St. 


Columbus 9780 


single rooms with shower, sis.eo weekly and up. 




Phone: Columbus 2973-4 1473 


33 West 65th St., New York City 

2, I aad 9 rooms. Complete housekeep- 
ing. Phone in every apartment. 

MRS. RILET. Prop. 



John H. Ku risky Announces he is 
ready to dispose of all of his neigh- 
borhood theatres— that hereafter he 
-will oonfine himself entirely to the 
operation of the Adams, Madison 
and Capitol theatres— all biff first- 
run downtown theatres. Mr. Kun- 
cky was one of the first exhibitors to 
build up a circuit of theatres taking 
in the outlying sections, but finds 
that it conflicts with his downtown 

The only dramatic shows in town 
this week are stock at the Majestic 
and the Garrick. All of the vaude- 
ville houses are still open except the 
Orpheura. There is a likelihood that 
the Miles will close part of the sum- 
mer to permit of important altera- 
tions to the interior. The Regent is 
reported as closing in a few weeks. 
The Colonial will remain open 
throughout the summer, as will all 
of the houses on Monroe avenue. 

Pictures — "Domestic Relations," 

Madison; "Primitive Lover," Adams; 

•'Rose of the Sea," Capitol; "Shack- 

Phone LONGACRE 3333 

Furnished Apartments 


919 TO 919 


310 WEST 48th ST- N. Y. CITY 


MRS. T. O. STIFTER, Prop. 

2 -3 -room apartments, also singl* and 
double rooms, $7 to $20; complete house- 
keeping; nicely furnished; bath, tele- 
phone, hot water; cool and comfortable. 

254 W. 44th St. NCW Y ork city 

Bet Broadway an<1 8th Are. 



100 Furnished Rooms — Running 

water and all conveniences, 

$4 and up. 


MRS. I. LUBIN, Prop. 

MRS. J. RAMSY, Mgr. 

Telephone BRYANT 6882-0261 

the Temple, having played at the 
Lyceum in other years. Florence 
Kldredge heads the company for the 
third year. 

Sea Breeze Park opened on Sun- 
day with a number of new attrac- 
tions. Since the city took over On- 
tario Beach Park a few years ago 
^for a bathing beach Sea Breeze has 
had practically a monopoly on the 
amusement park business in this 

les of Gold," Washington; "North of 
the Rio Grande," Broad way -Strand. 


(Continued from page 22) 
ter Garden cleaned out so that It 
can be used by the members of 

"Make It Snappy" between the af- 
ternoon and evening performances. 

The Motion Picture Directors' 
Association, American Dramatists, 
Screen Writers' Guild, Actors' 
Equity Association, Stage Mechan- 
ics, Motion Picture Operators, Guild 
of Free Lance Artists, American 
Federation of Music and Cinema 
Camera Club have agreed to co- 
operate in seeking the appeal of the 
present censorship laws and prevent 
passage of new ones. 

Tom Ealand has resigned as spe- 
cial representative for the United 
Artists in Michigan. 


LYCEUM— The Lyceum Players 
in "Oh Boy." 

TEMPLE— Manhattan Players in 
"My Lady's Dress," 

FAY'S— Six Stellas, Al Stryker, 
Murray and Irwin, Mann and Dean, 
Morey. Senna and Dean, Allen and 
Moore, "Grand Larceny," film 

The Manhattan Players begin 
their tenth season in Rochester at 
the Temple this week, the first at 

Dr. Yorke Trotter, principal of the 
London Academy of Music, who for 
the past year has been laying the 
foundations of his system of music 
study known as the rhythmic meth- 
od at the Eastman School of Music, 
has agreed to return in the fall. 


Chicago, May 31. 

Following the economy policy of 
the Western Vaudeville Managers' 
Association, Willie Bergcr and 
Henry Shapiro, bookers, severed 
their connection with the organiza- 
tion this week. 

Berger has for three years been 
Sam Kahl's principal assistant and 
Shapirp has had a book. 

Fanny Ward was robbed of sev- 
eral thousand dollars' worth of new 
gowns that she left in a taxicab in 
Paris last week. 

Maurice E. Swerdlow, until re- 
cently with Jack Mills, has joined 

The Stai 
For The Boudoir 

1580 Broadway New York City 


A few small desirable 
Offices — low rent 


Booklet Up on Ri 



245 West 47th Street 


e : 

Phone Bryant 8778 

one of Paul Whi toman's orchestras 
as pianist. Following a western 
tour he will return to the Mills 
professional staff. 

J. Frank Hatch, picture producer 
living la Newark. N. J., Is being aued 
for $100,000 for breach of promise. 

Joe McKiernan, songwriter, last 
week belatedly announced his mar. 
riage last September to Olga Man- 

Bob Schafer is touring the Loew 
houses with a "plug" act in the in- 
terests of the Sid Calne music firm. 

O. Schirmer, one of the oldest 
classical publishers, joined the M 
P. P. A. last week. 

Edna Gladstone, formerly with 
Jack Mills, is now assistant to Phil 
Ponce of the Ponce Music Co. 

.Fradkin. the violinist, has been 
signed as an exclusive artist by the 
Brunswick Co. 

Fred Fisher has brought suit 
against the Connorized Music Co., 
Inc., roll manufacturers, for $1,004 
royalties, due but not paid for the 
privilege of reproducing and selling 
Fisher publications. The action is 
filed in the Third District Municipal 

"Hollywood" is the title of a new 
waltz song with lyrics by Tom. 
Jones and music by Charles Fritsche. 

Reported Mildred Harris is engaged 
to Byron C. Munson, a film actor. 

Florence Reed has "The Divine 
Crook" after a two weeks* tryout. 

Paul Gordon has succeeded Court- 
enay Foote in the leading male role 
of "The Rubicon." Estelle Winwood 
will replace Violet Homing in lead- 
ing feminine role next week. 

The Metro Music Co. has accept. 
ed two new numbers. One is by 
Sam Erlich and Hampton Durand 
while the second is by Miller and 
Rock. Joe Hollander is now with 
the firm in the professional depart* 

Henry Miller presented "La Ten- 
dresse," by Henri Bataille. with a 
cast including Blanche Rates, Ruth 
Chatterton, Bruce McRae and him- 
self, in San Francisco May 30. 

Pedro de Cordoba has been added 
to the cast of "The Rivals." 

Mitzi having completed a tour of 
39 weeks in "Lady Billy," will sail 
for Budapest accompanied by Frieda 
Hempel, June 3, to visit her mother 
and sisters. Upon her return she 
will make a tour of the coast houses 
in September, returning to New 
York in February to begin rehearsals 
in a new play written by Zelda 
Sears and Harold Levey. 

''Heads I Win" has been postponed 
until June 2, opening at the Earl 
Carroll, New York. 

"Makers of Light" will close at 
the Neighborhood Playhouse June 11. 

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Prices Reduced, $55 Up 

Mail Orders Filled F. 0. B. f N. Y. City. Send for Catalogue. 

Used trunks and shopworn samples of all standard makes always on hand. 

SAMUEL NATHANS »£&££*£ SS "kSs? 

1664 Broadway, N. Y. City 

Phone: Circle 1873 Between 51st and 52d Streets 

531 Seventh Ave., N. Y. C. 

Phone: Fitz Roy 0620 • Between 38th and 39th Stree 











225 W. 46th ST. «™ . .,.<*. NEW YORK S T U D I O S 



Friday, June 8, lfl24 





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/ARTHUR KLEIN, General Manager 

233 West 45th Street, NEW YORK CITY 

Marcus Loew's 



General Executive Offices 


160 West 46th Street 

New Yrok 


General MiMftr 



Masonic Temple Building 

J. C. MATTHEWS in Charge 



1441 Broadway, New York 




New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore 

and intermediate towns 












New York Representative for FRANK WOLFE, Jr. 

Colonial Trust BI1I4?., Philadelphia, Pa. 
Booking Now for Wllriwonri, Ocean City and Atiunllo City 


(Continued from page 10) 
trio want to get anywhere thev 
aaeulu try better material* perhaps 
without songs. The present skit is 
■° "mall timey it stamps them. 

Equillo Brothers closed the vaude- 
ville, with Kiefer and Kewpie In a 
Bcries of several things, mainly 
aancing, opening. No. 4 held Yorke 
JJJ Maybelle, a sort of nut comoxiy 
J5J ■»! in a way pleased the 
American roof audience. If the duo 
are satisfied with that reward every- 
one else should be. It would he just 
•£ "Mjny without the ■lapstfcK ta- 
gged In. 8Hne . 


The audionce wasn't so poor nu- 
J"fncal!y Monday evening, but In- 
JJHectuany it was impossible. If 
«at crowd wasn't off on its Intelti- 

K-u? was a11 wrong on its dls- 
w« ♦*' beca « J, o laughs that were 
ra-i , a bct anywht 10 else never 
«J*hed and work that was applau* - 
P?»iy n « VPr »>wd a tap. Val and 
jra* Stanton, though thr-y took it 
Kood-naiuredly enough, couldn't 


BAB? 1 " 

a***" (40Weit34thSt.) 

s»*ild» Voutkiflt* (Phone M Peon) 


help commenting on It, and the 
house, knowing it was holding out, 
felt rather flattered than "called" 
when the boys referred to the hard- 
hoiled propensities of their "guests."' 
When they had said "Cut yours, if 
a piece of cake" for the severalth 
time and one woman didn't have the 
heart not to giggle, Ernie said "Re- 
strain yourself, lady. Where do you 
think you are — in a theatre?'* The 
Stanton boys did an Eddie Leonard 
Bluefl that went so blue that thry 
had to kid it themselves. 

Mabel Burke, the Fifth Av»-nue 
Theatre girl, with a feminine pian- 
ists, who certainly knew her trade 
and wlto has a voice that gives Miss 
Burke competition as well as sap- 
port. Seemed to come nearer to that 
OUtflt than any other I>« 11*01 mc r of 
the layout. Miss Burke's movte- 
^•iiti«> song, .1 sympatHetle number by 
Berlin, woke them from their coma 
for a rousing hand, Not to dis- 
parage Mies Burke, who has played 
often enough in middle-class nouses 

Please communicate at on«;c v. 
the undersigned: 


Administratrix of the estate of 

Arthur C. Young, deceased, 

No. 34 North Second Street, 

Harrisburg, Penn. 



daring. The final whirl was a whizz. 
.Sherman and Q'l&ourke deuced. The 
straight man is exceptionally clever. 
The comic is strangely like Cflark of 
Clark and McCullough, but his com- 
edy dance was a wallop. The talk 
was fair. The act equalities for at 
least this spot on any bill. Lait. 

58TH ST. 

1547 Broadway 

Bryant 6060-6061 


hereabouts to need no indorsement 
of her talents, good looks ancr per- 
sonality, it may be reiterated that 
her partner, with her appearance, 
smiles, melodious tones and scin- 
tillating key work, is of imtu-nse 
value. Mi.^s Burke now has a big- 
time act. 

Bryan and Brouerick closed. The 
novelty opening, two billboard ads 
coming to life, started them off 
liphtly but sweetly. The w«tltz with 
the stop tempo, as before, proved 
fheir wow number, and the Spanish 
jazz brought them, into high for a 
bang-up linale, such as these un- 
usual steppers could scarcely miss 

Joe Dareey preceded. His reeords 
have helped him and his vaudeville 
sh«»w stopping were remembered, 
Joe mipht take a tip or two from an 
old admirer: he is "classing up" a 
bit too much and ho tells too many 
stories* He is onoSof the greatest 
heart-song sellers on the boards, 
ami he Should stick rather elosely 
to that, with ( nly enough other stuff 
to let him catch his breath and give 


i'\i . 1 ;• need young man with two 
vocal training dpsircs op< nlpjjf 
: musical comedy or <:a . 
u ill .»<< « |t chorUS work. 

Address H. F., Variety- 
New Y01 




H'lr tlm«» restricted msterlsl. MINIil.KH. 

t'omedv seta in on*. Written, Rewritten 

nnd h((h<mI. OeseMSST a himmmiIiju 

ornmoi arranged. 

a touch of variety. He went well. 
of course; but he should be sheered 
always, for he has a Jolsonesque 
sincerity with certain types of bal- 
lads and he should feature them al- 
most exclusively, 

Andersen nnd Burt ran a rattling 
routine of talk in a novelty set on. a 
crag of the Alps, honeymooning. 
The script is by Paul Gerard Smith, 
the young Chicago wit, who is one 
of the moHt promising vaudeville 
writers of seasons. The finish, of 
this skit was good hoke and it closed 
a clever line of. comedy. Plerettos 
opened, a man and woman in dances 
and neck whirls, going to difficult 
and showy stunts of strength and 

The perfect form of tho Decoration 
Day weather didn't mean a thing to 
purveyors of indoor entertainment, 
and Tuesday afternoon's gathering 
here was of anythirfg but holiday 
proportions. The first half show 
was a good one, the house being 
ready for any break tht%t) might 
keep celebrants closo to home. 

There was a real hick in the bill. 
It came at the finish with I bach's 

jKntertainers (New Acts), a musical 

'five that probably won't need to sefey 
on dance hall work for a season or 
two to come. It is said the musfr- 
eians have been put under contrast 
for a production sat fee neat fall. 
It is to be predicted they wiil conic 
through with honors, for the Ibaeh 

I bunch includes a youthful appearing 
player who ie a marvel with the sax. 
Kid Kenny, "doing bis best" and 
waving red 'kerohiefs with old Doc 
Hoi lis, featured the hill and planted 
the hit of the show up to the time 
of the musicians, who followed them. 
Kenny was for having the audience 
move down into the first two rows, 
but the house wasn't as bad a* that. 
THe team is still getting giggles with 
the curtain signs, getting the best 
of that with a very slow rise of the 
front drop. Kenny, with antl-Tel- 
stead version of "Thirty Days Hao 
September," got himself liked, but 
his "Hear, Doctor" gag was for some 
reason a 100 per eent. muff. 

Nick Leng, Idalene Cotton and Co. 
presented "Angela" to excellent pur- 
poses on third. There is also a 
youth in it who is promising. His 
idea of rehearsing the drums to the 
■ tunes of a graphophone may be his 
own. Skigie" (not on the stage) 
onetime kid critic for Variety and 
now on the staff, pulled that stunt 
years ago. It made him so good 
when only a youngster he received 
offers in orchestras and bands. 
("fikigie" still makes himself a one- 
man band on occasions, when it's the 
off season for running speed boats). 
The lad in "Angelo" is a budding 
hoofer besides, as shown by his step- 
ping to cajiued music. Miss Cot- 
ton's "wop" characterization is the 
playlet's best acting. Her dialect Is 
good and she never steps out of the 
role for an instant. Tho presence of 
the "Vino" en the table Immediately 
suggests tho near- Broadway table 
de hotes, 

Viola and Leo Lewis, a youthful 
sister team, offered a routine that Is 
partly written. At least the opening 
so suggested, When the girls ap- 
pealed in hoosj skirt ■ for tho "Modest 
GrenadineT song. After a blues num- 
b< r, following a strip, the smaller 
one gave a lesson in arithmetic 
anent kissing, which is probably also 
exclusive. Hunter, Martin and 
Hunter (New Acts) a Hinging trio, 
got across in the second slot. 

Bert and Hazel Skatelle, with 

.their roller skato dancing, provided 
a good opening. Tho clogging ot 
the couple is an oddity from routines 
of the clas*. "North of the Rio 
Grande," with Jack Holt and Bebe 


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Just finished Loew'a Western and 
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John Keefe 

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Friday, June 2, 1922 




R O G E R 3 




Sensational Rifle and 
Pistol Shooting 

Playing W. V. M. A. and B. F. Keith 
(Western) Circuits 


Daniels, was the picture feature, 
further strengthened by the show- 
ing of 'The Boat," a Buster Keaton 
comedy. Ibee. 



' Fox's 11th street vaudeville house 
boasted a nine-act bill the first half, 
the added sUirtcr being Pete Car- 
roll, s-n.l Harmony Boys closing the 
»how. Carroll won the "Its Up to 
,You" amateur try-out contest the 
preceding Friday evening and is 
lulfllling a three days' booking in 
reward. The act deserves an ex- 
tended trial to test it to its fullest, 
although an experienced vaudeville 
coach could do wonders with the 

As a result of the sudden book- 
ing of another jazz band turn, the 
bill held two such acts. "The Spirit 
bf Mardi das," the 12-people top- 
lining production, being the other. 
It Includes in its cast a seven - 
people jazz band, an orchestra 
leader, a prima, a specialty singer 
and a female hoofing duo. It carries 
some production to qualify for a 
big three-a-day flash, although its 
cast cost might prohibit it for 
average bookings. The turn when 
reviewed in Chicago two years ago 
singled out the single woman for 
mention of her abandoned style and 
blues shouting. The local showing 
hits nothing of such mannerisms. 
Minus the suggestion of the prior 
review, it dors appear as if the 
woman worked with restraint where 
there Was nmr^Je opportunity to 
Strut it and whit might have proved 
to better advantage and returns. It 
may be another woman, however. 

The bill was ragged in playing, 
although laid out in accepted fash- 
ion. Juggling De Lisle Juggled 
clubs, feathers, halls, boxes, etc.. 
valiently to moderate returns. The 
onc-quartor capacity attendance on 
deck Memorial Day matinee was 25 
per cent. Staunch on the applause 
returns. That does not make for 
very forte audible approval. Golden 
and Lewis i Now Acts). 

George Randall and Co. were 
No 8 with an •bvioUfl though ac- 
ceptable sketch— for the small time. 
Randall is the husband of a woman 
who believes in him implicitly. She 
believes his lies about staying up 
with a lick friend on one night, 
believes his present fabrication that 
the phone call is from his boss ask- 
ing him down to the office for niRht 
work, believes it all despite a med- 
dlesome neighbor who enters to show 
up the trustful wife's two-faced 
husband. In fact, hubby himself 
becomes remorseful and is almost 
tempted to confess and throw him- 
self at her mercy. But he goes to 
keep the cabaret date and. of course, 

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A Muileal EKtravagania With a Ca»t << 

Favsritet and a "Giaaery" Chorui 


Adelaide Charles 


Novelty Songs and Travesty 



"That's My Horse" 


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The only Lady in America Doing the 
To.'-to Toe Catch. 

Playing Keith an-l Orpheum Circuits. 
EjMttfa Kep.: JOI. Ml I. LI VAN. 
We*tern Kep.: JACK GARDNER. 


Weeks of May 21 and 28 
Orpheum, San Francisco 

Still Leading All Others 



Sailed May 12 after a successful engagement with Moss* Empires and 
Sir Harry Lauder's Company. Returning to England June, 1923, 

for twenty weeks. 

Direction LEW GOLDER 








Next Week (June 4), Hip- 
podrome, Sacramento, Cal. 

the punch is that wifey has a Jack. 
Exit hubby and she rings Jack, 
asking him to come up— George has 
just left. That explains her trust- 
ing willingness to co-operate nightly 
in dispatching* her George for 

Fitzgerald and Laxton, two men 
with farmyard and woodland imi- 
tations, followed. They entertained. 
Fine and Tennyson (New Acts) 
were followed by Cook and Vernon, 
mixed team. He is the girl's elder 
sister's beau. She is in sox get-up 
persontaing a 12-year-old, although 
sophisticated to a degree. While 
not attempting a Frances White, the 
girl does Miss White's "High In 
the Middle, Round on the End 
(O-Hi-O)" number. The crosstalk 
is as good a selection of sure-fire 
gags as could be desired. They dove- 
tail, however, and, despite their fa- 
miliarity in one guise or another, 

'The Spirit of Mardi Gras" held 
nothing new on the revue idea. The 
terps were average, the warbling 
ditto. The jazz band, although more 
experienced than the Pete Carroll 
bunch, did not eclipse the latter. 
The novelty attempts at quartet 
saxophoning and other formations 
missed sadly. The lackadaisical 
matinee audience may have ac- 
counted for this. The orchestra 
leader seemingly does little. If there 
to direct the jazz band, they looked 
everywhere but at him. One of 
the specialty hoofers stood out with 
some difficult toe and ankle work. 
The specialty singer got something 



Let's get acquainted now, so next 
season the new act will need no in- 

Direction MARK LEVY 



In a Cycle of Laughs and 

Opening on Orpheum Circuit August IS. 
Direction: JACK GARDNER 

on "St. Louis Blue/*" and a peculiar 
calliope yodel as part of the coon 

Wilkins and Wilkins revived the 
customers. This veteran team has 
been goaling 'em on the small and 
better three-a-day time for many a 
month. They are made to order for 
a mob like the 14th street gang. His 
sap get-up makes the goofs out 
there feel on good terms and Miss 
Wilkins' svelte straight only con- 
trasts the male's clowning. Comedy 
of the sort where he brags of his 
uncle's farm, saying the pumps fur- 
nish clam chowder and the billy 
goats give beer instead of milk, 
tickled their risibilities. The team 
gave them all of that -sort of stuff 
and more besides, departing the 
applause hit of the show. 

Pete Carroll and His Harmony 
Boys (New Acts) closed. "Mr. 
Barnes of New York" was the fea- 



Sing Sing, H. Y., May 31. 

The Mutual Welfare League, 
through its entertainment commit- 
tee at Sing Sing prison, submits 
the following appreciation: 

Once more, through the co-opera- 
tion of the management of the 
Victoria theatre in Ossining, were 
the inmates of Sing Sing able to 
see a vaudeville bill presented by 
the lets appearing there. Friday 
evening, May 2G, four excellent 

Savoy and Capps 

"A Few Different Things" 

Booked Solid— W. V. M. A. 



turns played before the 1,200 "men 
in the chapel of the ; rison. 

Arthur Terry was cheered loudly 
for Tils amusing wine' cracks and 
his splendid feats with his ropes. 
Johnson and Crane greatly pleased. 

Penn and Roma in a seml r rube 
sketch, were the cause of much 
applause. The Anker Trio's nau- 
tical quarter-hour of thrills and 
twists were breathlessly watched. 

The evening closed with the 
screening of "The Man Who Mar- 
ried His Own Wife." a feature 
greatly appreciated by the audi- 
ence, with Frank Mayo, the fea- 
tured player. 


Broadway & 
60th Street. 


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In the Winter Garden's Annual Revue 





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The Musical Sensation 


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E. Stern. $231.65. 

Russell E. Ball and Gladys H. 
Ball; Brewster Pubs., Inc., $124.70. 

8. F. Williams; Harry Collins. 
Inc.; $209.65. 

Eustace E. Ball; J. Knoll: $47.20. 

Same; same: same* 

Alexander Beyfuss; A. Rothstein; 

Delancey Amus. Co.; N. Benja- 
min; $500. 

Arthur Buckner; N'. Y. Hotel Stat- 
ler. Inc.; $237.65. • ■ 

Arthur P. Buckner and Fidelity 6. 
Casualty Co. of N. Y.; People. $2,500. 

Percy W. Barton; Reisenweber's, 
Inc.: $65.40. 

John A. CurleV; same: $75.30. 

W. R. Deuel; same: $61.36. 

George A. Friedman, Inc.; N. Y. 
Tel Co.; $85.88. 






Touring Orpheum Circuit 

H. 3. Heckheimer; Columbia Cas- 
ualty Co.; $3,000. 

Arthur Maude; Pacific Bank: 

Kitty Warren; L N. Weber; $11 70. 

Melvin Dalbera; H. P. Keith; $1.- 

Victor Murray and Mabel Mc- 
Cane; Jay Thorpe. Inc.; $197.87. 

Huah Weir; B. B. Ohristi; $829.20. 

A Fool There Was Co.; City of 
N. Y.; $45.22. 

Combined Phot-Plays Producers, 
Inc.; same; same, 

Arthur K. Wing; same; same. 
' Judgments 

Pinto and Boyle; J. Michaels; 

Mutual . Chautauqua Lyceums 
System; People; $402. 

First -Mutual Music Publishing 
Co.; V. L. Buck; $46.57. 

Same; 'A. Molloy; $36 25. 

Hugo Wilke. 


Helen J. Reeves, picture actress 
and ayiatrix, to Harold W. Jirka, 
Chicago attorney. May 20. it Val- 
paraiso, Ind.. by Judge T. B. Lou- 

Lynn Fontanne to Alfred Lunt, 
In New York, last week. 

Eunice Burnhanv to Br. Zagory 
Jordan Lewis, at City Hall. New 
York City. May 16. . 

L. Marie Day and Herbert F. 
Moore, May 22, at Toledo. Mrs. 
Moore was formerly the contralto 
of Jarvis' "Whirl of Mirth." The 
Moores will reside at 135 South 
Ritter avenue, Indianapolis. 


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riday, June 2, 1922 




Berlin, May 12. 

At a private showing the other 

in* a picturlaation of Shake - 

JSJi "Othello," an Ufa film, un- 

llarthe direction of Dimitri Bucho- 

itikl. The cast was excellent or, 
Lber* looked excellent on paper: 
Othello, Emil Jannings; lago, Wer- 
ner Kraus; Roderigo, Ferdinand von 

lten: Casblo, Theodore Loos; Des- 
demona, Ida con Lenkeffy. 

of these only Kraus and von Alten 
gu ggested anything of characteriza- 
f?nn the Othello of Jannings being 
most disappointing, he having 
Cached the overgrimace stage. 

And the direction of Buchowitzki 
.n^nroves again the stupidity of 
Jn^usTn/any big Job to him. The 
whole Pi<* ure is merely a stageplay 

which a camera happened to attend. 
The dependence on caption to ex- 
press the emotions of the characters 
Is pitiful in its Inadequacy. 



London, May 23. 

A very fine picture and probably 
the best ever made by a British pro- 
ducer in a British studio and with 
British players. The story is well 
told and relies entirely on its natural 
simplicity and truth. 

It is a story of British rural life 
— "life in the raw," and its charac- 
ters are those any one can meet in 
any littlo sleepy village. Its trag- 
edy Is the tragedy of many homes, 
its pathos devoid of slobbery "sob 
stuff," and, above all, its sentiment 
rinKS absolutely true. 

Two brothers, one stern and mo- 

rose, the other gay and happy, live I 
together In a tiny cottage. The mo- 
rose man falls in love and captures 
the heart of a village maid by sheer 
brutal assault. On the eve of his 
marriage he has an accident, and 
the result is paralysis. His brother 
and sweetheart look after him and 
fall In love, as is almost inevitable. 
On their wedding day the cripple 
curses them. From then on he gives 
them no peace. He is always lying 
on his couch, watching their every 

Then the time comes when a child 
is to be born to the woman. The 
doctor fears the worst and the hus- 
band begs the paralyzed man to lift 
his curse. He refuses. A child is 
safely born, however, and it Is the 
baby who brings peace and forgive- 
ness to the household. 

The production work Is really 
fine, the director, Graham Cutts, 
having neglected no detail. His 

work Is marked with a natural 
strength and freedom from strain- 
ing after effect, which is seldom 
seen on the screen. This is nil sec- 
ond picture, and beforo taking Up 
the studio work ho was a film trav- 
eler. Today he is probably the best 
and most truly artistic producer in 
England. The picture is also nota- 
ble for the discovery of two artists 
who may well become our first two 
genuine British stars. Both of them 
were unknown beforo "The Wonder- 
ful Story" was shown to tho trade. 
Herbert Langley as the paralyzed 
man gives a performance which re- 
minds one of tho Swedish-Biograph. 
and through more than three-quar- 
ters of the film ho is on his back 
anc\ compelled to rely only upon his 
facial expression. Lillian Hall -Da- 
vis, the other newcomer, plays the 
lover, and is equal to Langley in 
power. Very few more gripping 
scenes h.tve ever been screened than 

the one In which the paralytic strug- 
gling from his bed by sheer will 
power seeks to strangle her. Her 
one fault is that in the earlier scenes 
she looks rather like a society girl 
playing at being a milkmaid. The 
supporting east, a very small one, 
is far above the average and con- 
sists chiefly of Olaf Hytten as the 
brother and Bernard Vaughan as an 
old clergyman. 

The whole of the scenic arrange- 
ments are laid among beautiful 
rural lanes and pasture lands, the 
interior "shots* 1 being confined to a 
cottage living room. Tho photog- 
raphy Is excellent. Up to now when 
turning out a "great British super 
film" we have Invariably relied upon 
a servile copying of American gran- 
deur and tho inclusion of a cast of 
big stage names. 

This picture is not a "super film"; 
it merely lives up to its title. 



The Five Star 

Special to 


Directed by HARRY O. HOYT 
Story by CHAS. E. BLANEY 
Produced by JOS. M. SHEAR 


A board ! 




1600 Broadway 
Bryant 6642-3 N. Y. City 




729 Seventh Avenue 
Bryant 4566 N. Y. City 




Friday, June 2, 1922 




A Firnt National release, witli Itu-har.l 
B<irt In Inn s-i Btaired. The Mtory Ih ndHplrd 
from the play of the *amo title bf Qeorff* 
V. Ilohart. Frances Marlon and ll<nr> 
Kinp sui'plyiiiK the arrlpt with the latter 
directing. HtoVjf has a war angle. 
Bonny / 

Joe Mnrdon , RI> hard Rarthi Imcss 

un Crosby ICargarst s.-Uon 

Florenc Crosby Pauline (.lanion 

Madge LValg Lucy Vox 

Har|»er (,'rulg Herbert Gritnwood 

Alicia Patterson l>ial 

Summers Fred Nioholls 

A number of liberties were taken 
■with tiic original play "Sonny" that 
was presented in New York only 
last season and failed to get much 
of a run, although on the stage it 
was a much better entertainment 
than it is on the screen. "Sonny" 
Is a story that has its foundation on 
the war. It is going to be a ques- 
tion whether or not the public nt 
large is willing to look at war stuff 
of this sort at this time and accept 
it as entertainment. They certainly 
did not seem ready in New York a 
few months ago. As an example, 
one of the girl ushers at the Strand 
(a widow of the war) became hys- 
terical Sunday, when the picture 
was first shown, and had to be taken 

As a picture "Sonny" is a corking 
feature, but the Question tie exhib- 
itor will have to find out for him- 
self is whether or not his audiences 
are willing to sit through a story 
where the son of a blind mother is 
killed at the front and a double in 
the same company consents to go 
back to his home and impersonate 
him for t he mother's sake. 

The war stuff, battle front, 
trenches, etc., are strongly played up 
in the first few reels. They are ex- 
ceedingly well done from a pictorial 
and directorial standpoint. The 
lightings are particularly effective. 
especially the hand-colored bits with 
flashes of flame from bursting rhells. 

The picture is a corking one for 
Barthelmess, and he enacts the dual 
role with cleverness. The double 
exposure scenes in the early part 
as well as the vision bits later are 
masterly bits of photography, 
worked out very well to the advan- 
tage of the star. In support Mar- 
garet Seddon as the blind mother 
gives a tine performance, while Lucy 
Fox and Herbert Grim wood carry 
the heavy section convincingly. A 
lot of the comedy relief of the orig- 
inal play is lost in the manner in 
which the Lucy Fox role Is handled 
In the screen script. 

If the audience will stand for war 
stuff this is going to be a winner, 
but if not ready for it as yet around 
the country then the picture will 
draw fair business. Under ordinary 
conditions, however, it should be 
pretty much of a knockout. 



Mr. R.irrics of New York Tom Moore 

Munna Paoli Anna Lohr 

Knld Aiistruther Namnl Chllders 

tioruM Anstruthi r Lewis WillouRhby 

Antonio Ramon Samaniego 

Tomasso • Otto Hoffman 

Danella Sidney Aln^worth 

Ooldwyn feature, starring Tom 
Moore, from tho play of the same 
title by Archibald Claverlng ciunter, 
placed in screen form by flerald 
Duffy. Victor Schertzinger did the 

The production is a costume pic- 
ture, the action taking place in the 
80s. The director has followed 
closely the dressing of the times 
which for the average screen fan 
will not prove as interesting as the 
modern modes. The title role gives 
Moore few opportunities and could 
easily have been played by an in- 
ferior actor, although the' Moore 
name will probably prove more of a 
draw than the title. Anna Lehr and 
Naomi Childers divide the honors of 
the feminine division, with Otto 
Hoffman playing a character role of 
considerable importance effectively. 

The layout for the production has 
not reached n hitfh figure. The plot 
is laid In Kurope. with the exteriors 
and sets sufficiently well planned to 
give the proper European atmos- 
phere. The photography reaches a 
good standard. 

The story, starting with a duel be- 
tween an English naval olllcer and 
Corsican of birth, has the greater 
portion of action in the early footage 
and the last moments. The Corsican 
being killed, his sister vows ven- 
geance against his slayer. The lat- 
ter is hunted throughout Europe. 
Mr. Barnes, a globe trotter, was a 
witness to the affair. Two years 
later he becomes acquainted with 
the officer's sister who. it is believed, 
did the killing. The Englishman in 
turn being in love with the Corsi- 
can's sister. The entire tangle is 
cleared up when the naval officer 
admits having loaned his gun to a 
fellow shipmate to take part in the 
duel, the latter in the meantime hav- 
ing died. This brings about the 
happy ending for the couple, who 
had been married before the disclo- 
sure was made and Liarnes and the 
officer's sister make another match. 

The production is not strong 
enough for over one day anywhere. 



A Goldwyn flve-reoler. presented at the 
Capitol. Directed by Irvin Willat. 

Parriwh Richard D1k 

Ressle Helen*? Chad wick 

Carroll Henry Barrows 

Carmen Rosemary Theby 

Lynch Richard Tucker 

Craven Fred Kohler 

Todd Henry Herbert 

Chang Ooro Kino 

Jill George King 

John .William Carroll 


Paramount picture presented by Ariolph 
Zukor fit the Rialto. Adapted by Reulah 
Marie Dix from the W. Somerset Maugham 
story and directed by Taul Powell. A tale 
of self Kuennce on the part of an elder 
sister fur her younger brother and sister. 
Agnes Ayres starred. 

Hybil Bruce Agnes Ayres 

George Bruce Clarence Burton 

Dr. Robert Acton Conrad Nagel 

Helen tiayshaw Kdna Murphy 

Gooff rcy Crayshaw Edward Sutherland 

Minnie Ann Schaeffer 

Gene Kugene Corey 

Mme. St. Levis Adele Farrington 

Kir Frauds Maynard. . . .Kdward Martindale 

Kitty Shannon Day 

Elsie Clare Du Brey 

A fairly good society story that 
has something of a punch, but 
pretty much along lines of similar 
self-sacrifice stories that have been 
seen in the past. There is naught 
that will take it out of the run of 
the program productions, as far as 
the Paramount standard of pro- 
duction is concerned. However, it 
looks to be a picture that can be 
played at most any of the week-run 
houses with the advance assur- 
ance of an average week's business 
if in a drop-in neighborhood. It 
is a picture that will not pull any- 
thing extraordinary in the way of 
box office returns. 

The story is of a girl who mar- 
ries for money so that she can 
educate and support her younger 
Bister and brother. On her hus- 
band's untimely death he wills that 
she must remain a widow to enjoy 
his estate. She is in love with a 
young physician, but her belief that 
nhe still owe« her relatives duty 
prevents her from accepting her 
happiness until she finally becomes 
aware that the money that she is 
holding through her refusal to wed 
is bringing about their ruin. 

Miss Ayres gives a really clever 
performance and appears before the 
camera In a stunning series of 
gowns. In one particular dressing 
gown, when she informs the doctor 
that it isn't necessary that they be 
wed to enjoy love and he spurns 
her, one really wonders what is the 
matter with his eye-sight. Inci- 
dentally, this is one of the spoken 
titles that the censors are going to 
Jump on. How it got by in New 
York is a mystery. Conrad Nagel. 
as the hero, is just about all that 
could bo expected, while Edna 
Murphy and Kdward Sutherland, as 
the ungrateful younger relatives, 
floored heavily. Adele Farrington 
and Kugene Corey provide the 
heavy clement in the cast and do 
80 to the Queen's taste. 

In lightings and photography 
there la nothing to be desired. The 
direction of Paul Powell carries 
the story along at a speed that 
holds the interest at all timet, 


screen and looks like one of the few 
real bets that Goldwyn have. He- 
lene Chadwick makes a very charm- 
ing heroine, but Rosemary Theby as 
the vamp runs away with all the 
honors as far as the girl contingent 
of the cast is concerned. The ad- 
vantage of having been a screen 
player from the old days stands her 
in good stead, and she certainly 
utilises all of the tricks of the trade. 
Henry Harrows as the principal 
heavy gives a performance that 
registers, and the balance of the cast 
fills in most capably. Fred. 


Berlin, May 12. 

At the Ufa Palast am Zoo, April 
15, the first showing of the first part 
of Dr. Marbuse, the Gambler," from 
the novel by Norbert Jacques, sce- 
narized by Thea von Harbou. A 
good average popular thriller — dime- 
novel stuff in a $100,000 setting— but 
sufficiently camouflaged to get by 
with a class audience. 

The story builds itself about the 
character of Dr. Marbuse, the great 
gambler, the player with the souls 
of men and women. He runs an 
underground counterfeiting estab- 
lishment, and with this money starts 
all his enterprises. In the first reel 
of the film he appears as stock ex- 
change speculator. He steals an 
important commercial treaty, which 
causes certain shares to tn\U he- 
buys. He lets the treaty, be found 
again; the stocks rise; he sells. To 
get money out of a rich ypiing man 
he sets Carozza, a dancer, on his 
trail; then he meets him and. hyp- 
notizing him. wins large sums of 
money from him at his club. Mar- 
buse meets Countess Told and de- 
sires her. He fixes the mark of 

cheating at cards on her husband, 
and in the ensuing excitement steals 
her away. 

And so it goes on, a bit confusedly 
but generally with speed and life. 
The best moments are achieved by 
the conflict between Marbuse and 
the attorney, von Wenk, who is try- 
ing to uncover him. This first part 
ends with the stealing of the coun- 
tess and the second and last (not yet 
publicly shown) with the finding of 
Marbuse. insane, in his own coun- 
terfeiting celler. where he has been 
trapped by von Wenk. 

The film is somewhat hurt by the 
casting of Rudolf Klein- Rogge for 
the title role; he is physically too 
small and not a clever enough actor 
to make one forget this. Fritz Kort- 
ner would have been a far better 
choice. Paul Richter as the young 
millionaire and Bernhard Goetzke as 
von Wenk do very nicely in their 
respective roles. And the Carozza 
of Aud Egede-Nissen, the Countess 
Told of Gertrude Welker are among 
the best pieces of film work of the 
year. Especially Miss Nissen is a 
fine type for America, as she com- 
bines great physical charm with 
some real emotional ability. 

The interiors of Stahl-Urach and 
Hunte are sumptuous and tasteful, 
and Carl Hoffmann's photography 
generally adequate. The direction of 
Fritz Lang has moments — at last 
through the consciousness of the 
picture world is beginning to filter 
the idea that what you see is worth 
at least twenty times what you read. 
For instance, the handling of a scene 
in which Marbuse tries to hypnotize 
von Wenk and force him to play a 
card, the rest of the characters dim 
out. leaving only the faeo of Mar- 
buse visible, and this becomes larger 

and larger, until it covers the whol* 
screen. This is tremenously effect- 
ive and film technique. This is thi 
direction the film must and will go 
It Is my unfortunate duty to have to 
chronicle that Mr. Lang somewhat 
negated these good effects by twenty 
forty -word captions of a ludlcroui 

The film is doing tremendous bus- 
iness, filling the Ufa Palast twice 
nightly, and should, with some intel- 
ligent retltling, recutting and the 
aid of a good continuity doctor fit 
neatly into any Broadway program 


A new series of "kid" comedies 
have made their appearance with 
the release of "Supply and Demand 3 
a J. K. McDonald Production in 
which Johnny Jones Is starred. This 
youngster manages to make a favor- 
able impression. The supporting cast 
is well selected and the juvenile 
players manage to pull any number 
of laughs. 

The story of the first release has 
Jimmie Finn as the author, and if 
his initial effort is to be taken as a 
criterion of what is to follow it 
would appear that the McDonald 
productions have found another 
Booth Tarkington, for Finn in this 
picture seems to lay the ground- 
work for a "Penrod." if there is to 
be a second edition of that young- 

It is a small -town story, with tha 
kids, who have invested in a mail- 
order scheme and received a number 
of house traps, creating a demand 
for their wares after they have been 
unsuccessful in Helling them. Well 
worked out and has any number of 
laughs. F re d. 

"Yellow Men and Gold" as a feat- 
ure picture has little to recommend 
it from the box-office standpoint. It 
is a good adventure story, but holds 
nothing that hasn't been presented 
on the screen at some time. There 
is an effort to condone its common- 
place aspect through a "twist" fin- 
ish, and that is the only thing that 
makes the picture at all possible to 
the audiences of the better class 
houses. In the regular run of daily 
change theatre it will get by nicely, 
but the week stands will not hold 
up in business on the picture. 

The story is by Gouverneur Mor- 
ris, who in writing it undoubtedly 
figured on the serial magazine angle 
for the yarn. But the magazine 
punch doesn't show on the screen. 

Helene Chadwick and Richard Dlx 
are featured, with a fairly strong 
cast behind them. Irvin Willat di- 
rected the story, and at times man- 
aged to keep the action going along 
at a fairly speedy pace, but on the 
whole the story is commonplace In 
the line of treasure-seeking yarns, 
and no doubt it was a task for the 
director to "get something" out of 
the script that wasn't in it, so as to 
make it different. 

The story opens in a bungalow 
owned by a young author. He has 
had nothing but rejections on his 
stories for a time, and finally, 
when his mystery story comes back, 
he holds It in his hand and wonders 
what is wrong with it. From that 
point the screen version starts with 
the real story, although the audience 
Is kept in the dark until the last 
few feet of the feature. 

A Murdered man, a map of an isl- 
and where a Spanish treasure ship 
was sunk, a gang of crooks, the hero, 
a vamp and a girl heroine are the 
principal characters. There is the 
chase across the South Seas of two 
sailing ships to reach the treasure 
land first, a fight on the Island, the 
defeat of the crooked gang and, 
finally, the victorious return. Then 
comes the twist, with the author 
standing In the position that he was 
in when the treasure hunt story 
started, with the fact revealed that 
it was the story that he was 
wondering about that has just been 
shown. However, in this case it 
wasn't a rejection, only a request 
for revision, and then he goes to the 
adjoining bungalow, where all of the 
characters that were s«en in his 
story are in the life. They are his 
neighbors and are aware of the fact 
that he has cast them as the villains 
in one of his fiction yarns and are 
elated that he has finally sold a 

In the cast Richard Dix. who Is 
the author and the hero of the Ac- 
tion yarn, gives a corking perform- 
ance and stages a couplf of fights 
that have a lot of speed.' This boy 
is coming along like wildfire on the 

nr^HE drama of a beautiful 
* woman's soul in conflict* 
portrayed in a setting of gor- 
geous gowns and luxury. 

Conrad Nagel and Edna Mur- 
phy in the cast. 


Agms Mi/res 


The Ordeal 

By W . Somerset Maugham — Directed by Paul Powell — Scenario by Beulah Marie Dix 

Y/U HEN a great author wrjtes directly for the 
screen, you realize what a screen story can 
be. "The Ordeal," Somerset Maugham's first 
original screen story, is one of the most dramatic 
and powerful ever written. It is one of the most 
unusual pictures of the year. 

Ct (paramount ^picture 

(3-cof. adv. Mats, 
at exchanges) 



ADOLPH ZUKOR. P*.„*,~t - 

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Friday, June 2, 1922 




London, May 20. 
Few people have heard of the 
European Film Corporation, but 
«nong the exceptions may be men- 
tioned Sir Henry Ironsides, a dis- 
Jniruished diplomatist; General Sir 
Percy Sykes, D. S. O., and Lady 
gvkes In the High Court on May 
I they sued Lieutenant-Colonel 
James E. Adamson for the return of 
moneys invested in the company. 
Sir Henry Ironsides stated that he 
Had been 40 years in the diplomatic 
service and was British minister at 
gofla during the war. On his return 
he met Colonel James Adamson, who 
told him about the film concern. 
Eventually he allowed himself to be 
persuaded, and also brought Sir 
Percy Sykes in. He was to be 
chairman of the company and 
bought £500 of qualifying shares. 
In defense counsel stated that 
Colonel Adamson had spent over 
£11000 of his own money on the 
company. Sir Percy Sykes had also 
dropped for £600 and Lady Sykes 
for £100. Defendant being too ill 
to appear, the case was adjourned. 

Principal film release in the 
United Kingdom for the week com- 
mencing May 22 will be -The Birth 
of Love" (Walker), "A Dear Fool" 
(Stoll, British), "Diana of the 
Crossways" (Ideal, British), "The 
Love Light" (Allied Artists), "The 
Loves of Letty" (Goldwyn), "Every- 
thing but the Truth" (Herald), "The 
Marriage of William Asche" (Jury), 
"Prairie Tales" (Box), "The Price of 
Possession" (Famous-Lasky)," Prin- 
cess Jones" (Vitagraph), "Tiger 
True" (F. B. O.), "What Shall It 
Profit a Man?" (Pathe), "Whisper- 
ing Devils" (Hayward), "Ever Since 
Eve" (Fox) and "The Village 
Sleuth" (Famous-Lasky). 

The Progress studios at Shore- 
ham, near Brighton, have recom- 
menced work. Wilfred Noy, who 
has joined the directorate of the 
company, is busy on "Little Miss 
Nobody," with Marie Ellington, Sir 
Simeon Stewart, Bart., and Sydney 
Paxton in the cast. The studio is 
essentially a daylight one and is lit- 
tle used except in the summer. 

The Pioneer Film Agency is at the 
back of the Peggy Hyland concern. 
The "star," who is her own producer, 
Is chiefly supported by Gibson Gow- 
land, an American picture player. 
The title of the first Hyland picture 
will be "Fixing Father." 

Gaumont has bought the rights of 
'two Associated Producers' subjects, 
"Love Never Dies" and "Blind 
Hearts." The first is a King Vidor 
production, while the second fea- 
tures Hobart Bosworth. 

things which make a picture moral 
or the reverse. No decision as to 
the appointment has been made, 
and will not be .nade until the 
whole of the board has thoroughly 
discussed the matter. Native 
censorship has much io be desired, 
but it is to be hoped the men on the 
Job will, in choosing their woman, 
pay particular attention to her 
broad-mindedness and knowledge 
of the trade. A crank in such a 
position would make trade condi- 
tions even worse than they are if 
that Is possible. 

— ■ 

The week's important film re- 
leases here are: "All Roads Lead to 
Calvary" (Astra), "A Dangerous 
Paradise" (Walturdaw), "It's a 
Great Life" (Goldwyn), "The Ken- 
tuekians" (Famous-Lasky), "Kitty 
Tailleur" (Granger), "My Lady's 
Latchkey" (International), "No 
Good Guy" (Western Import), 
"Polly with a Past" (Jury), "The 
Rail Rider" (Hayward), "The River 
of Light" (Globe), "The River of 
Stars" (Stoll), "The Torrent" (Film 
Booking Office), "Why Trust Your 
Husband?" (Fox), "Women Men 
Love" (Gaumont), "Behind the Cur- 
tain" (London Independence Film 


Paris, May 13. 
During the week ended May 13 
there were presented at the local 
trade shows 25.16C metres of films 
(compared with 32,272 metres the 
previous week), released by Erka 
Co. (Goldwyn Pictures), 3,100; Para- 
mount, 2,380; Vitagraph, 1,906; 
Eclipse, 2,380; Eclair, 1,050; Aubert, 
1,705; Agence Generate, 2,632; 
Pathe, 3,850; Gaumont, 4,353, and 
Univers Cinema, 1,800. The Erka 
offered a special for the press at the 
Salle Marivaux for "Souviens Toi," 
drama, with Sydney Ainsworth and 
Barbara Castleton, and "Menteuse." 
comedy, with Madge Kennedy, both 
Goldwyn Pictur . 


Los Angeles, May 27. 
Guy Price, dramatic editor of the 
"Herald," and a leading title writer 
for pictures, is getting his first vaca- 
tion in two years at the resort in 
Corona do. Price is accompanied by 
several picture folk besides his own 

"Cocaine" has been banned by the 
Film Censor. The picture was very 
cheap rubbish, and had not even 
the virtue of being hastily realistic. 
The story was bad, the acting mc. .- 
ocre, the staging gaudy. Perhaps 
its very weakness is the reason for 
its being banned. So ordinary are 
the effects of just one pinch of 
"snow," despite the joyous exhilara- 
tion following about 100 feet later 
that the authorities may have 
thought the audience that saw it 
would go In for cocaine as a mild 
relaxative. Government beer has 
more disasters to its credit than 
were shown in this film of "sensa- 
tion." Even the debauchery was of 
a mild nature, the ladies of the 
"notorious" night club — played by 
real habitues of these dens, as one 
fatuous daily paper bent on boost- 
ing the thing informed us — were 
sufficiently clad, and, even if they 
did show their calves, it was done 
with great decorum. The Astra 
people say they lost £10.000 over 
the film being banned. They de- 
served to lose ten times that amount 
for handling such tripe. 

The Harley Knoles "Alliance" film 
production of the "Bohemian Girl" 
was trade shown successfully May 
17. In many respects this feature 
is one of the finest ever made in 
this country, although the story is 
somewhat frail and penny novelish. 
The photography is perfect and the 
settings on the scale of magnificence 
usually seen in the best Italian 
works. The chief, charm, however, 
in the feature will not be the pro- 
ducer's work, the story, the setting 
©r the photography — it will be the 
cast. This includes Ellen Terry, 
Gladys Cooper, Constance Collier, 
Ivor Novello and Aubrey Smith. 

"Shorts" appear to be the vogue 
In British studios just now. George 
R. Cooper is doing a series for 
Quality Films, and having completed 
the first subject, "The Thief," Is 
busily engaged on the second, "A 
Matter of Principle." 

The "British Screencraft" picture. 
"Byron," will be shown to the trade 
June 2l\ A change of title is prob- 
able. "Screencraft" is, of course, a 
Gaumont brand. 

Arthur Pusey and Molly Adair 
sailed on the Kilfauns Castle for 
South Africa to play the leads in 
the African Films Productions of 
de Vere Stacpoole's "The Blue 
Lagoon." The rest of the cast will 
be provided by the stock company. 
Most of the picture will bo made 
off the coast of Mauritius and in 
the Seychelle Islands. Pusey, who 
is an actor of the marcelle-waved, 
pretty boy type, seems hardly a 
good choice for the youngster, Dick, 
but Molly Adair has a lot of good 
work to her credit. 

Fred Le Roy Granville has signed 
a contract with British International 
by which he will make six pictures 
a year for this concern. The first 
will have the exteriors "shot" in the 
Sahara and the company will be 
solid throughout. Several British 
films have already been made in the 
Sahara desert and amid the sand 
hills of Southport, whlo his up 
north in Lancashire. 

Another new producing concern, 
The Albanian Film Co., is making 
its first picture. "The Cause of All 
the Trouble.'' at the Barker studios 
»n Ealing. Edward D. Roberts is the 
producer and the company includes 
*'ora le Breton, George K. Arthur 
and oiaf Hytten. It is described as 
•traight comedy. 

The British Board of Film 
tensors, of which T. P. O'Connor 
[« the president, is about to take to 
jnemselves a female colleague 
wnose knowledge of what is good 
Ir, r v. tho P u Mic will, they hope. 
"•■ble tlurn to add to the many ex- 
isting "Thou shalt nots" on their 
"K and givo ui only such films as 
nfn °\ iu "** wit hout Injury to our 
™r;iK Many names have been 
■MM loned, hut the announcement 
"at Mrs. Bedford, the widow of 
«n« late Examiner of Plays for the 
JTT q Chamberlains Department, had 
"een appointed is not correct. Nor 
J "correct that she has spent some 
yens i n b( , lng . nstructed ln lh0 


Guy Newall's next production for 
George Clarke Pictures will be 
"Fox Farm." This will be yet an- 
other story of English country and 
sporting life. Ivy Duke will be the 
leading lady, and for this part her 
wardrobe is said to have cost her 
considerably under 30 shillings. 

J. Stuart Blackton will shortly 
start work on his new film, "Love's 
Awakening," the star of which is 
Georges Carpentier. 

Arthur Bernede has adapted a 
piece from his picture, "L'Aiglonne," 
intended for touring purposes. 

Louis Milestone is an author as 
well as a film cutter. Besides hav- 
ing charge of the cutting of all Doris 
May features for R-C, Milestone is 
part author of the little star's stories. 

make it himself this fall for Warner 

Now that Sessue Ilayakawa has 
deserted the silver screen for the 
legitimate stage, appearing this fall 
in a production by the Shuberts, the 
Jap star will leave here June 12 with 
his wife, Tsuri Aoki. also a picture 
player, for a belated honeymoon in 

Work in hand: "La Bete traquee" 
(the hunted beast), by Michel 
Carre, produced by Rene Le Somp- 
tier, with E. van Daele and France 
Dhelia; "Les Hommes Nouveau," 
novel of Claude Farrere, by Dona- 
tien and E. Viloet, with George Mel- 
choir, Marthe Ferrare and Lucienne 
Legrand; "Le B« d," by Andre 
Perye, produced by Geo. Leprieur; 
"L'Heure d'Allah," by Luitz Morat; 
"L'Evasion," book by Villiers de 
1'Isle Adam, by G. Champavert; 
"Sarati le Terrible," from the story 
of Jean Vignaud, b., Louis Mercan- 
ton and Hervil. with Henri Baudin; 
"Le Fils du Flibustier", serial by 
Paul Cartoux, produced by Louis 
Fftuillade, with Aime Simon-Gerard, 
G. Biscot and Sandra Milowanoff; 
"La Fille des Chiffon ni'ers," famous 
melodrama played at the Paris 
Ambigu many yearu ago, produced 
by Desfontaines, with Madeleine 
Guitty and Blanche Montel; "Le 
Petit Por.cet" (Tom Thumb), fairy 
story of Perrault, produced by R.~ 
Boudrioz; "Le Courier de Lyon" 
(Lyons Mail), popular novel of 
Maxime Valoris, by Leon Poirer; 
"La Dame de Monsoreau," of Alex- 
ander Dumos (for Aubert); "Le 
Voile du Bonheur," piece by Georges 
Clemenceau, to be screened by E. 

Having made the final touches on 
"The Wreckage," his first sea story 
for pictures, H. II. Van Loan is rest- 
ing at Santa Monica Canyon with 
Lindsay McKenna, press representa- 
tive of the United Studios. The 
scribes • have purchased a classy 
castle and are playing hermits so 
far as the rest of the world is con- 

Myron Selznick has purchased the 
picture rights to the story •Wine," 
by William Macllarg, which orig- 
inally appeared in Hearst's "Inter- 
national." The story is to be made 
here soon with an all-star cast. 

Dr. H. W. Martin is now official 
physician at the Warner Bros, 
studios in Hollywood. The doctor 
was formerly in practice in Chicago, 
where he took care of many profes- 

"Under Oath," the Elaine Hammer- 
stein feature for Selznick, is in the 
cutting room at the United Studios. 
It is the first Coast-made Selznick 

J. B. O'Reilly has deserted his post 
as doorman of the San Francisco 
Casino for a similar position at the 
Philharmonic Auditorium, where 
Will King is producing. 

Louis B. Mayer left last week for 
New York for a business conference 
with his associate and counsel, J. 
Robert Rubin, and his sales man- 
ager, Paul C. Mooney. 

An international exposition Is to 
be opened Sept. 7 at Rio do Ja- 
neiro. The French picture pro- 
ducers and manufacturers of ac- 
cessories Intend to make an im- 
portant show at thie world's fair. 

Mile. Naplerkowski has gone to 
Morocco to appear in a picture be- 
ing executed in that part of Africa. 

The report of the sale of the 
Paris Hippodrome caused a flutter 
in certain quarters. This building 
was acquired by Gaumont some 
months ago, and in order to settle 
a question of real estate belohglng 
to heirs not yet of age. The prop- 
erty was put up for auction, but 
thie does not affect the lease of the 
Gaumont Palace. 

Harry Myers, of "Connecticut 
Yankee'' fame, has been chosen for 
an important role in 'Captain Black- 
bird," Which R. A. Walsh is to do 
for Goldwyn. George Siegmann and 
William V. Mong are also cast. 

First aid administered by John S. 
Robertson, director, and Harold 
Rosher, cameraman, both of the 
Mary Pickford staff, to Anna Wil- 
son, actress, probably saved the 
woman's life last week when she 
was stung by a scorpion while on 
location with the "Tess of the Storm 
Country" company at Chatsworth 
Lake. Miss Pickford, who was sum- 
moned to the scene of the accident, 
assisted in caring for the player. 
Miss Wilson has an important role 
In the Pickford film. 

Edith Roberts has been added to 
the cast of "The Sunshine Trail, • 
the Douglas MacLean comedy 
vehicle now in production at the 
Ince studios under the direction of 
James Home. 

"Someone to Love" is about com- 
pleted at the Ince lots. John Griffith 
Wray production. Madge Bellamy, 
Cullen Landis and Noah Beery are 

Ward Lascelle has entered pro- 
duction of the Mary Roberts Rhine- 
hart story, ''Affinities," with Colleen 
Moore playing the lead. It will bo 
another Thomas H. Ince special. 

Al Christie sent his brother in 
Hollywood his first bulletin from 
London. Mr. Christie is delighted 
with the English atmosphere. 

Marshall Neilan's newest First 
National attraction, "Her Man," will 
be released this fall. The produc- 
tion was suggested by George Pat- 
tulo's story in the Saturday Even* 
ing Post, and titles by Hugh Wiley. 
In the cast are Leatrice Joy, Matt 
Moore, George Barnum, Helen Lynch 
and Raymond Griffith. 

"Rags to Riches," starring Wesley 
Barry," is well under way at Warner 
Bros. Hollywood studios, .where 
Henry Rapf has arrived from New 
York to take charge of the produc- 
tion business. 

Harry Rapf, production manager 
for Warner Bros., who is now at the 
Hollywood studios supervising Wes- 
ley Barry in "Bags to Riches," is- 
sues a denial to a recent statement 
that "Brass" is to be made a pic- 
ture by an eastern company. Rapf 
controls the production and will 

Lloyd Hamilton plans a preten- 
tious program upon his return from 
New York, according to advices re- 
ceived by M. C. Levee, president of 
the United studios, where Hamilton 
makes his comedies for Educational. 
During the coming year Hamilton is 
to make six big special comedies un- 
der his own name. In the past he 
has worked under the Hamilton- 
White banner. Jack White, of the 
Whlto end, will produce his own 
comedies also for Educational. Ham- 
ilton will supervise his own produc« 
tions, with Hugh Fay as chief di- 
rector. Irene Dulton is to continue 
as leading woman for Hamilton. 

Joe Reddy, formerly in New York 
with Pathe, is handling special pub- 
licity on tho Coast for Pathe and 
Harold Lloyd. He keeps his head- 
quarters on the Roach lots. 

Peggy Hyland, the English player 
who found her feet in the studios of 
Los Angeles, and was brought back 
home by G. B. Samuelson to play in 
several features, has returned again 
to England and Is playing lead in 
some small comedies. 

The Gaumont production of 
"Byron" is nearing completion. 
Captain C. Calvert, a member of the 
well-known stage family and the 
producer of some of the best Gau- 
mont British pictures, is the pro- 


After 10 months closed, the Fa- 
mous Players' Long Island studio 
will resume prvdue.lon work next 
week with Alice Brady starred in a 
Joseph Henaberry production. 

Up to now, since the studio's re- 
opening, educational* have been the 
only things "shot." 

Edgar MacGregor's case against 
Philip Bartholomae and Paul Sipe 
for 33 1-3 per cent, of the $11,000 
secured from Famous Players for 
the picture rights to "All Night 
Long," came up for trial in the City 
Court Wednesday MacGregor al- 
!• ; ed that portion of the price for 
the screen rights, less the agent's 
commission \ his due under a 

contract that he held with the au- 
thors. In their defense through 
Nathan Rurkan the wj er« Allege 
that MacGregor was to receive that 
share of the royalties for assisting 
in the rewriting of the play, and for 
placing it with the Messrs. Shubert 
for production, which, they state, 
that he failed to accomplish. 



We Will Release 







A Line-up to Suit the Times 
Selected by the Biggest Exhibitors in America 


Friday, June 2, 1922 


Capitol Heads All Other Picture Houses by About 
$10,000— Fox's Two Specials Not Drawing— 
"Beyond Rocks" Finishes Third Big Week 

With the business on the week- 
end shot to pieces because of the 
approaching holiday Broadway's 
banner receipts last week went to 
tha Capitol with the Mack Sennett 
special, "Cross Roads of New York" 
*s the attraction. The picture drew 
nearly $32,000 on the week and 
topped the next highest receipts by 
nearly $10,000. 

The surprise is that the two Wil- 
liam Fox specials being; run in legit- 
imate house with high admission 
prices, the top being $1.65, have 
failed to pull any real business. 
The "Nero" production, a most 
unusual picture and one of the real 
features of the year, is not turning 
anyone away, while "Silver Wings" 
at a theatre within a few doors is 
operating at a considerable loss to 
the Fox people. 

Three weeks on Broadway Is the 
record that "Beyond the Rocks" 
made for Itself between the Rivoli 
and the Rialto, coming to the latter 
house for its final week and getting 
a heavy play. At the Strand the 
Jackie Coogan picture Just topped 
$17,000, which was not as strong as 
looked for, especially in the light of 
the heavy publicity the production 
obtained locally. . 

The early part of the current week 
business picked up somewhat, but 
Tuesday (Memorial Day) was par- 
ticularly light at the matinees, going 
to good returns for the evening per- 

Cameo — "The Cradle Buster" 
(American Releasing). Seats 550. 
Scale: Mats., 55,* eves., 75. Glenn 
Hunter. Picture got corking notices 
in the daily press, but business was 
off In spite of this, gross on week 
showing only $3,800. Held over for 
second week, with returns picking 

Capitol — "Cross Roads of New 
York" (Sennett -First National). 
Seats 5.300. Scale: Mats., 35-55-85; 
eves., 65-85-$M0. Special that First 
National is to release in open mar- 
ket. Pulled biggest business of any 
on Broadway last week getting 

Central — "Virgin of Stamboui" 
(Universal). Seats 960. Scale: 
65-75. Prlscilla Dean. This is reis- 
sue of about two years ago. Failed 
to attract any business on Broad- 
way, house getting $3,800. 

Criterion — "Missing Husbands" 

[(Metro). Seats 1,100. Scale: 55-99. 

. In its second week picture just 

{topped $5,000 mark, getting little 

better than that figure. 

Rialto — "Beyond the Rocks" 
(Paramount). Seats 1,960. Scale: 
60-85-99. For third week on Broad- 
way this picture was moved from 
Rivoli, where it had been two weeks, 
to the Rialto. Got around $21,000. 

Rivoli— "Find the Woman" (Cos- 
mopolitan-Paramount). Seats 2,210. 
Scale: 50-85-99. Alma Rubens. 
Business fair; the gross going to a 
little better than $17,000. 

Strand — "Trouble" .(First Na- 
tional). Seats 2,989. Scale: Mats., 
30-50-85; eves., 60-85. Jackie Coo- 
gan. With corking publicity pic- 
ture held fair draw, getting $17,070 
on the week. 

State — "The Face Between" 
(Metro), "Bachelor Daddy" (Para- 
mount). Scats 3,600. Scale: 30-50. 
With regular split week vaudeville 
bill also. Business fell off little last 
week, getting around $16,500. 

"Nero" and "Silver Wings," two 
William Fox specials, are playing 
in the Lyric and the Apollo thea- 
tres, both legitimate houses, with a 
$1.65 top scale. The former is doing 
only a fair business, even though 
the picture is an unusual one, and 
the latter is barely managing to 
exist. Fox has both theatres on an 
outright rental, and the loss at the 
Apollo is reported about $5,000 a 


Vaudeville and Legit Struggle 

for Business — Depression 

More Noticeable 



Newark, May 31. 

The Rialto, which opened two 
woeks ago under the Fabian man- 
agement, will close the middle of 
June.' In the fall prologs will be 
given with the pictures. A chorus 
Of 25 will be permanently engaged, 
while the principals will be fre- 
quently changed. 

The 'Fabians will keep the Bran- 
ford and Paramount open through 
the summer. 

L.os Angeles, May 31. 
Exceedingly brisk competition on 
the part of the vaudeville and legit- 
imate theatres here during the last 
week had the effect of holding down 
receipts at the picture houses. The 
business depression which began 
the early part of the month was 
further noticeable last week and all 
of the houses with the exception 
of the California took a further drop 
in receipts. The Miller house, how- 
ever, attracted something like $3,000 
over its business for the preceding 

The present week off to a great 
start, with good business Monday 
and the holiday yesterday. "Monte 
Cristo" at the Mission started on 
its second week with something of 
a spurt, but it seems doubtful if 
the picture can stand up for the 
six weeks' run that Is scheduled for 
It. At Miller's theatre "Kismet," 
back for a return date, failed to 
attract at all, while at the Kinema 
"Trouble" failed to arouse any- 
thing like unusual activity at the 
box ofllce, despite which the pro- 
duction is being held over for a 
second week. 

Estimates for last week: 
Grauman's — "The Man from 
Home." (Paramount). Seats 2,300. 
Scale, matinees, 35 cents; evenings, 
55 cents. A George Fitzmaurice 
production, all star cast, headed by 
James Kirk wood, Anna Q. Nillsen 
and Norman Kerry. Special at- 
traction that helped, draw was an 
automobile assembling contest in 
which Kern County met Los 
Angeles. Drew $13,800. 

California — Gouverneur Morris* 
"Yellow Men and Gold" (Goldwyn). 
Seats 2,000. Scale, matinees, 25- 
35 cents; evenings, 35-55 cents. 
Also Elinor's orchestra. The pic- 
ture was the attraction last week, 
as both stars, well liked here, cou- 
pled with Gouverneur Morris' 
name, aided the box office. Grossed 

Kinema— "Trouble" (First Na- 
tional), Jackie Coogan, star. Also 
"The ralcface" (First National), 
Buster Keaton, star. Scats 1,800. 
Scale, matinees, 25-35 cents; eve- 
nings, 35-55 cents. Prices have 
been restored to where they were 
before the change of policy. In- 
cidentally with the Norma Tal- 
madge feature, "Smilln* Through," 
the house policy also reverted to its 
former standard and will probably 
remain so. Rene Williams is back 
as orchestra leader, while Eddie 
Horton supplies the organ recitals. 
Inasmuch as the Kinema can draw 
as many at the 55-cent top as at 
40-cent top the management seems 
to have made a paying move. 

Mission— "Monte Cristo" (Fox). 
Seats 800. Scale, matinees, 55 
cents; evenings, 55-80 cents; lodges, 
reserved, $1.50. Picture commenced 
its second week last Wednesday 
after seven days of big business 
that was aided by a $5 top cpening 
night when movie stars attended 
in a body. 

Grauman's Rialto — "Beyond the 
Rocks" (Paramount). Seats 800. 
Scale, matinees, 25 cents; evenings, 
55 cents. Gloria Swanson, star; 
Rodolph Valentino also featured. 
Sixth and final week. Got $5,200. 
Miller's— "Kismet," Otis Skinner, 
star. House has been using fill-Ins 
pending the straightening of its 
regular bookings as the result of 
the 14-wcek run of "The Silent 
Call." Business way off, the gross 
being around $2,200. 


Waiting for B. & K.'s Posses- 
sion July 1 — Rain All Last 
Week Dampened Box 

Chicago, May SI. 
It's Balaban & KaU's Roosevelt 
now. The buzzers flashed this his- 
torical event through film row with 
a punch. It is holding the boards 
for the most important incident of 
the week. It all occurred so sud- 
denly it was difficult to grasp the 
full meaning of the transaction. 

July 1, the Aschers will relinquish 
their holdings on the Roosevelt, re- 
taining the deed in their name, and 
renting the Roosevelt to the B. & 
K. interests. 

As reported last week in yariety, 
the Roosevelt under the Ascher 
regime was not a success and they 
did not break even. It has battled 
hard to make a showing against the 
lavish entertainment offered by the 
Chicago (theatre) and it seemed as 
though Unable to stand the pace in 
presentations. No announcement 
has been made as to the exact 
policy the Roosevelt will operate 
under the Balaban & Katz banner, 
outside of it going on under a grind. 
Whether the Roosevelt will play in 
opposition to the Chicago after July 
1 in presentations, prologues and 
features is problematical. It may 
be expected though that the eyes 
of the trade will focus itself upon 
tho developments. 

Movie business suffered as much 
as did other forms of entertain- 
ment last week due to steady rain. 
The situation is the same as it has 
been for the past few months with 
no recuperation in sight for busi- 
ness. The pictures presented met 
with the critics' approval and might 
have found favor with the fans ex- 
cept for the disagreeable weather. 
The Woods, a legit house, la run- 
ning "The Rainbow Division of the 
Illinois Troupes Under Fire," under 
the auspices of themselves, twice 
daily, and a fair play. 
Estimates for last week: 
"Sonny" (Chicago. First Na- 
tional). Richard Barthelmess. A 
rousing response from dailies, with 
fair business result. Specialties and 
prologs came In for good share of 

"Is Matrimony a Failure?" (Roos- 
evelt; Paramount). Divided opin- 
ions on probable success. Plot was 
thought by most of the dallies as 
trifle impractical. Star cast, which 
all contributed toward picture, get- 
ting nV ^ut $10,000 week. 

"Your Best Friend" and "Sawing 
a Woman in Half Exposed'* (Ran- 
dolph). Vera Gordon's new one was 
well thought of. Played one week, 
although exploited as second "Hu- 
moresque." The "Sawing" film re- 
leased through Greiver Brothers, 
while John E. Coutts took* principal 
part and Edna Fletcher subject for 
sawing. Both films did not bounce 
up to the usual b' nesa likely, 
falling to around $4,000. 

May Be Legit House Next Sea- 
son—Hot Weather Slump 
at Film Places 


Grand Did $21 ,000 Last Week 
—Others Around $9,000 

Writing Score for "Salome" 
Henry lladley,- tho grand opera 
composer, is to do the score for tho 
Nazimova picture version of 
"Salome," which was recently com- 
pleted. A print was brought east a 
week or DO ago and shown privately. 
The United Artists will handle 
the release. 

Pittsburgh, May 31. 

The hot spell here failed to 
cause any considerable damage at 
the box offices of the largest picture 
houses last week. Good reports have 
been recorded in all instances. 

The Grand had an extra feature 
in the person of Fellcian Pelot, 
violinist, who gave a solo at each 
showing of "Reported Missing." 
Song-plugging In all tho music 
shops helped "Fascination," on dis- 
play In various forms. 

Estimates last week: 

Grand— "Reported Missing" (Selz- 
nick). (Seats 2,500; scale, 35-55c). 
Owen Moore. "Sawing . Lady in 
Half; Expose" also factor In steady 
draw. Few counter attractions> 
other than rival picture houses, was^ 
another reason for good rctur/ns 
despite torrid days. Picture given 
good publicity, and lavish praise by 
critics. About $21,000. 

Olympic — "Is Matrimony a Fail- 
ure?" (Paramount). (Scats 1,100; 
scale 25 -40c). T. Roy Barnes and 
Lila Lee. Business started gloomily 
but picked up as wevsk went alortig, 
with smash at rnd. About $9,100. 

Liberty— "Fascination" (Tiffany). 
(Seats 1,200; scale, 25 -55c). Mae 
Murray. About $9,519. I 

Philadelphia, May 31. 

Business slumped again last week 

after two weeks of briskness. One 

of the results has been the closing 

of the Stanton for the summer. 

Market street, west of Fifteenth, 
has been spoiled for pictures appar- 
ently with the opening of the Stan- 
ley, which gets , all the business. 
The Stanley company has a big 
problem on its hands for next sea- 
son with the Stanton and smaller 
Regent. When the new Fox, at 16th 
and Market, just below the Stanton, 
opens, the jam will be even greater. 
Everybody is wondering what the 
upshot will be. 

There have beeh several rumors 
the Stanton might be turned into a 
legit house, but last year the man- 
agers voiced the opinion the city 
had all it could stand with seven 
legits. Business bore out that fact. 
The latest rumors are that the Al- 
dine may go over to the legit in the 
fall, playing for the distinctly high 
class stuff. 

In addition to the closing of the 
Stanton, the week's most interesting 
feature was the reported determina- 
tion of the Stanley company to use 
the Karlton as Its second-run house, 
instead of the Palace. The Karlton 
has been taking average program j 
pictures and has done little of late, 
even with a price reduction to 50 
cents. It is understood that, begin- 
ning next week, It will take the big- 
gest and most popular pictures 
shown at the Stanley and run them 
a week or so later. The reason for 
the change f is the belief of the Stan- 
ley people that the Palace, being a 
drop-in house, can do better with- 
out the big name stars than the 
Karlton can. "Smilin' Through" is 
said to be the first of the Stanley 
films to get a second run showing at 
tho Karlton. 

The only house which held up last 
week to anywhere near the former 
two weeks average was the Stanley, 
which did splendidly with "Smilln* 
Through." On the other hand, the 
Aldine took a tumble (despite good 
notices), and the Karlton wobbled 
miserably, though its comedy, "Too 
Much Business," was well liked and 
made friends. 
Estimates for last week: 
8tanley— "Smilln' Through" (First 
National) — While not up to mark 
set by first week of "Beyond the 
Rocks," this splendid feature did big 
and steady business and was not af- 
fected by some very hot nights; 
$29,500. This week, "Penrod" and 
Buster Keaton's "His Wife's Rela- 
tions," almost equally featured, 
though former gets edge In billboard 
posters. Next week, "The Proxy 
Daddy." (Capacity, 4,000; scale, 35- 
50 matinees, 50-75 evenings.) 

Aldine — "Sisters" (American). — 
Got some nice notices, but lack of 
any big names meant small draw. 
House Is acknowledged In bad way, 
and looking for some avenue of es- 
cape. Rumored It will be taken over 
for summer by one company which 
will run some specials there. This 
week, "Woman, Wake Up" (Associ- 
ated Exhibitors, through Pathe), 
with "At tha End of the Rainbow" 
coming; $4,000. (Capacity, 1,500; 
scale, 60.) 

Stanton — "Orphans of the Storm" 
(United Artists)— Kept week too 
long; sagged to practically nothing, 
which, with high rental, hurt and 
finally decided Stanley people to 
close house for summer; $5,250. 
(Capacity, 1,700; scale, 50-75.) 

Karlton — "Too Much Business" 
(Vitagraph)— While well liked and 
improving bit as week went on, not 
sort to lift this house out of rut, and 
in near future reported that Stanley 
pictures will be given second show- 
ing here week or two following first 
run. "The Trap," with Lon Chaney, 
this week may make gross rise; $3,- 
500. (Capacity, 1,000; scale, 50.) 

Aldine — Did average business with 
"Why Announce Your Marriage?" 
and Palace did splendidly with 
"Across tho Continent," just the 
kind of a picture to please this cli- 
entele. The Victoria, with "The Last 
Trail," suffered from the hot wave. 
A feature of the week was the an- 
nouncement of "Foolish Wives" at 
the Great Northern (Stanley house 
in North Philly) for all of this week. 
The same picture is also being 
shown at the 69th Street. It is the 
first case where the Stanley com- 
pany has taken over a picture origi- 
nally shown at the Aldine. All ofch- 


Business Way Off Last Week 
«— Frisco-Made Picture 
N* Does Poorly 

San Francisco, May |L 

Business at the various picture 
houses was off considerably laet 
week due, it is believed, to the un« 
appealing nature of the films offered 
at the first run houses. At the 
Tivoli "The Great Alone," a San 
Franclsco-made feature starring 
Monroe Salisbury and telling an- 
other story of tho Northwest with 
the usual snow, ice and dogsleds did 
very poorly. The public, here at 
least, is plumb tired of Northwest 
films; audiences have been satiated 
with every angle to this tvpe of 

The Granada with "North of the 
Rio Grande" likewise suffered poor 

At the Strand "Cardigan" is not 
up to the expectations of the man- 
agement from a box office s:and- 
point. Business way off. 

The Imperial drawing big with 
"Fascination" starring Mae Murray. 

At the California attendance was 
only fair. 

Estimates for last week: 

California — "The Bachelor Daddy" 
(Paramount). Seats, 2,780; scale 50- 
75-90. Thomas Meighan star. The 
feature created favorable comment 
but drew only fair attendance. 

Granada— "North of the Rio 
Grande" (Paramount). Seats, 3,100; 
scale, 50-75-90. Jack Holt and Bebe 
Daniels. Business way. below. Gross 
around $12,000. 

Imperial — "Fascination" (Metro). 
Seats, 1,425;' scale, 35-50-75. Mae 
Murray created more interest than 
any down town houses. Figures 
showed $9,000. 

Strand — "Cardigan" (Am. Releas- 
ing Co.). Seats, 1,700; scale, 25-50. 
William Collier, Jr., and Betty Car- 
penter. Around $4,500. 

Tivoli — (American Releasing Co.). 
Seats, 2,240; scale, 25-40. Monroe 
Salisbury, of "The Great Alone," 
This feature was offered with pre- 
tentious prolog but type of feature 
not popular and started out poorly 
Finished week with $5,000. 


No Improvement in Business, With 
Gloomy Outlook 

Boston, May SI. 

There was no improvement In the 
business at the first release houses 
here last week, and with this week 
bringing the summer parks, all of 
which boast picture houses; soma 
of them quite elaborate in con* 
struction and program, the outlook 
is rather gloomy. 

In the opinion of those familiar 
with conditions as regards the in* 
town picture houses, the theatre! 
seem to be more sensitive to 
weather and other conditions this 
year than ever before, and it if 
claimed they are reflecting fully 
the conditions that exist in other 
branches of the theatrical business, 

Loew's State (25-50; capacity, 
4,000). Thomas Meighan in "Tha 
Bachelor Daddy" and Nazimova in 
"A Doll's House," about same as 
gross of preceding week, $7,000. 
"North of the Rio Grande" and "I* 
Matrimony a Failure'' this week. 

Park (40-60; capacity, 2,400). 
Using same bill as lrst week: "The 
Good Provider" and "The Young 
Painter." Grossed about $5,000 last 
week with this bill, but doubtful 
If it can be repeated this week. 

Tremont Temple (25-50; capacity, 
2,400). "Smilln' Through" such a 
flop the first week, attempt to put 
It over abandoned. Switched to 
this house from the Park, Sup- 
posed to remain tw weeks at Tem- 
ple, but couldn't bo done. "Tour 
Best Friend" for this week. 

Moderr (28-40; capacity, 800). 
"The Bigamist" and "Tho Old Oak- 
en Bucket" this week. Did about 
$3,500, about $500 less than normal 
last week with "The Beauty Pnop* 
and "The Queen of tho Turf." 

Beacon (28-40; capacity. 800). 
Bill and gross samo as Modern, sis- 
ter house. 

ers have been shown only In the 
Ambassador, in West Philadelphia, 
also controlled by tho Felts, who 
have the Aldine. This has meant 
that pictures like "The Three Mus- 
keteers" have had only two show- 
ings here, except in rare cases W 
smaller neighborhood ^dependent*, 


Friday, June 2, 1922 




Bequests to Various House Attaches of the Broad- 
way, Brooklyn — Orders Diamond Stud Bought 
for Loew 


Earlier Rising It Still Being Argued 

The will of Charles Reinhardt, 
president of the Broadway Theatre 
Company and the Gates Theatre 
Company, both of Brooklyn N Y. p 
and who was associated with Mar- 
cus Loew in the operation of sev- 
eral theatres, filed and admitted to 
probate in the Kings County Sur- 
rogates Court, directs his net es- 
tate to be divided as follows:— } 
Marcus Loew, "a diamond stud 
to be purchased by my executors. 
wn o shall spend such sum in their 
discretion as they deem proper for 

Paul Levy, manager of the Broad- 
way theatre, Brooklyn. $5,000; Sally 
Levy, assistant manager of the 
Broadway, Brooklyn, $2,500. 

Rose Reinhardt, widow, of 037 St. 
Marks avenue, Brooklyn, $200,000. 
anil one-third of the residue; Louis 
Reinhardt, brother, of 756 Flushing 
avenue, $75,000, and the Flushing 
avenue premises he is residing In; 
Herman C. Huelle, Jr., nephew, of 
9119 St. Charles Court, Woodhavcn, 
L. I.. $75,000; Emily C. Stadter, of 
706 Delaware avenue, Wilmington, 
Del., and Edward C. Huelle, of 543 
Halsey street, niece and nephejv, 
each $10,000. 

Charles Jaffa, friend and business 
associate, of 361 Highland boule- 
vard, $125,000, his interest in the law 
firm of Reinhardt & Jaffa, together 
with all ofllce equipment and the 
law library, and also one-third of 
the residue. 

Nathan Stern, friend, of 45 Bre- 
voort place, $125,000 in lieu of any or 
all claims which he may have 
against the estate, and the remain- 
ing one- third share of the residue. 
Samuel J. Greenfield, of 699 Wil- 
loughby avenue; Herman Goldberg, 
office boy not yet of age, of 82 Gra- 
ham avenue, and Simon Stern, of 44 
Wcirfield street, each $2,500. 

Charles Jaffa, who has an office at 
44 Court street; Nathan Stern, to- 
gether with the decedent's widow, 
without bonds, were named and 
qualified as the executors of the es- 
tate, under the will, which was exe- 
cuted on May 18 and witnessed by 
Alexander K. Winter, of 68 Chaun- 
ccy avenue, New Rochcllc, N. Y., 
and William Muiray, of 34 Monroe 

■3 Mr. Reinhardt, who was also a 

■k prominent lawyer, died on May 21 
it at the ag. of 63. He was born in 
it Brooklyn, graduated from the pub- 
i- lie school and the New York Uni- 
>k veraity Law School, and practiced 
law for about forty years. The 
value of the estate left by him will 
not be known until, under the di- 
rection of the court, It is appraised 
for inheritance taxation. 

K. C. OFF 

"Shcba" Does Best, Without Doing 
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Los Angeles Brokers Sue Director 
for Commission 

Richard Willis and Gus Inglis 
(Willis & Inglis), Los Angeles film 
brokers and agents, have started at- 
tachment proceedings In the New 
York Supreme Sourt against Frank 
Borzage, the picture director, to re- 
cover a balance of $8,219.30, alleged 
due for negotiating a contract for 
the director with William Randolph 
Hearst. Borzage, who directed 
"Humoresque," "Get Rich Quick 
Wallingford" and other productions 
for the Hearst film organization, 
held a $60,000 annual contract from 
Oct. l, 1919. The second year's re- 
newal carried with it a $75,000 an- 
nual stipend, Borzage, however, 
asking for his release July 15, 1921, 
which was granted. In all the di- 
rector is alleged to have earned 
1119,889.40 In the year and nine 
months he was with Cosmopolitan 
Productions, 10 per cent, of which 
the plaintiffs claim under their con- 
tract as manager and publicity di- 
rector for Borzage. They admit re- 
ceipt of $3,769.14. 

A sidelight on the legal proceed- 
ing Is a quotation in one of Bor- 
age's Utters to Willis & Inglis 
which are appended as exhibits. 
Borsagi explains the reason for his 
request for a release because of the 
'act Hearst was wont to switch 

Kansas City, May 31. 

The managers of the prominent 
crbwntown picture houses did not 
expect a great deal of business last 
week, and none was disappointed, 
for there was not much. 

The biggest play for patronage 
was made by the Newmans with 
the '"Queen of Sheba" film at the 
Newman. They were not surprised 
wrTe"n many of the performances 
were run to far from capacity. The 
picture, however, received the big- 
gest play of the week. It had been 
strongly advertised and some of the 
after notices commented at length 
on the "nature" display made by 
Betty Blythe in the title role, which 
had a tendency to attract the 

Harding's leader, the Liberty, was 
second best, with "The Good Pro- 
vider," on its second week's show- 
ing. With the parks open, the pic- 
ture managers are playing for a 
break-even for .. few weeks, until 
the novelty of the outdoof amuse- 
ments wane. 

For the current week the Liberty 
has "The Rosary," with "Shame" 
at the Royal, and the Newman will 
offer "The Four Horsemen" for the 
first time at pop prices here. This 
film was at the Shubert at the com- 
mencement of the season at legit 
house prices, but failed to attract 
many of the regular picture fans, 
although well received by the press. 
The prices were too high for this 

Newman — "Queen of Sheba," Fox 
special. (Seats 1,980; scale, mats., 
25; nights, 50-75.) Best draw in 
town last week, but not up to some 
of the business a few weeks ago. 
No figures. 

Liberty— "The Good Provider." 
(Seats 2,000; scale, 35-50.) Second 
week. Received unusually strong 
press notices on its initial showing 
here. Picture and stars well liked, 
but attendance fell off Instead of 

Royal— "North of the Rio Grande," 
Paramount. (Seats 900; scale, 35- 
50.) Bebe Daniels and Jack Holt in 
this picture largely responsible for 
business done. Both have large fol- 
lowing in this city. Business just 
fair average for house, considering 
disagreeable weather. 

Doric— "The Sea Lion," First Na- 
tional. (Seats 1,000; scale, 50.) Ho- 
bart Bosworth and Bessie Love. 
Stars not seen to any great advan- 
tage. House little off of regular 
theatre path; takes name of Im- 
portance to get 'em. "The Sea 
Lion" failed to prove much of a 

Twelfth Street— "A Doll's House." 
(Seats 1,100; scale, 30; children, 10.) 
Rather peculiar selection for New- 
man's lowest priced theatre, where 
big portion of trade Is drop-in, but 
was figured Nazimova's name would 
prove attraction. Business just fair. 
Other feature pictures at the pop 
priced vaudeville houses: — "A Wide 
Open Town," Malnstreet; "Mile- 
stones," Pantages; "The Bear Cat," 

Washington, D. C, May 31. 
Still greater confusion was added 
during the past week by the contin- 
uance of the hour earlier rising for 
work by the government depart- 
ments and the switching back to 
their regular hours of all the stores. 
The local picture managers didn't 
know when to figure on the biggest 
demand, although the greatest 
crowds seemingly gathered for the 
earlier shows. A survey of the va- 
rious houses here for the second 
show Saturday night disclosed 
goodly houses at all four of the 
principal theatres as late as 10.30. 
This is not a guide on business, as 
Sunday is "sleep morning." 

One of the local dailies is conduct- 
ing a voting contest on the present 
arrangement of working hours, and 
the sentiment is against it by a wide 
maigin. Neither the continuance of 
the present plan nor the throwing 
back of the clocks is evidently want- 
ed by the greater majority of the 
readers of this paper, which, by the 
way, has the greatest circulation of 
the four dallies here. 

One of the voters stated on his 
ballot that he liked the new hours 
because it permitted taking in an 
earlier moviv? show. It would appear 
that thv movies are a part of the 
regular day's routine, at least with 
this individual. 
Estimates for last week follow: 
Moore's Rialto (Capacity 1,900) — 
"The Thunderclap," with Mary 
Carr recently in person at this 
h l|C#, helped. Another feature, that 
of a visiting conductor, Gustav 
Heinrichs, also aided. Added picture 
feature, "The Yount Painter," with 
Mary Astor. (Scale, mornings 30, 
•afternoons 40, evenings 55.) Little 
above previous week, climbing .'> 

Loew's Palace (Capacity 2,500) — 
William Christy Cabanne picture, 
"Beyond the Rainbow," with long 
list of screen and stage names In 
cast, first half. May McAvoy in 
"Through a Glass Window,". second 
half. Both pictures got fairly good 
play. (Scale, 20, 35 mat., 30, 40, 50 
nights.) About $13,000. 

Loew's Columbia (Capacity 1,200) 
— "Missing Husbands." Sensation 
this picture was said to have caused 
in Paris heavily played upon here 
and held gross business up. Not held 
over. (Scale, 35 mat., 35, 50 nights.) 
Around $8,500. 

Crandall's Metropolitan — (Capacity 
1,750)— "I Am the Law," a James 
Oliver Curwood picture which got 
play from men. Larry Semon in "A 
Pair of Kings" added. This house 
bills its comedy film along with its 
feature equally as prominently, with 
result patrons are educated to an- 
ticipate showing of this portion 
bill equally with that of main sto-y 
presented. Going along evenly; $7,- 
000 on week. 


Montreal, May 31. 

A special cable from London says: 
"William Fox, president of Fox 
Films, arrives in England on Mon- 
day to arrange for the filming of "If 
Winter Comes" and to confer with 
the author, A. If, S. Hutchinson, re- 
garding the pcenario and location. . 
The producer follows a week later 
and the artists a week later still. 

"Mr. Hutchinson says Americans 
bought the book in such incredible 
numbers that it is fitting that an 
American company should film it, 
but he is delighted that it will be 
filmed in England, because it is es- 
sentially of England and the English 

"Picture experts say Mark Sabre 
will create a new type of film hero, 
a romantic figure of sympathy and 


Nice Weather and Out- Door Amuse- 
ments Cutting in on Film* 


Allegations Against Thos. Dixon by 
Trustee in Bankruptcy 

The Appellate Division last Fri- 
day decided that Edward K. Sum- 
merwell, trustee in bankruptcy of 
the National Drama Corp., need not 
file a bill of particulars in his 
charges against Thomas Dixon, au- 
thor and playwright, of having ap- 
propriated the corporation's funds. 
Dixon, who wrote "The Birth of a 
Nation" and other plays, was an 
officer of the corporation which had 
put out Dixon's "A Man of the Peo- 
ple" (which failed) and had In 
readiness another Dixon opus, "The 

The playwright is charged with 
having applied over $16,000 of the 
company's funds on false claims. 
Specifically he is alleged to have 
paid Flora MacDonald, his protege, 
$3,250 without consideration. He is 
alleged to have paid himself $10,000 
for a 20 per cent, interebt in the 
two plays above mentioned. He is 
alleged to have paid himself $500 
commission on a sale of "The Fool- 
ish Virgin" to the Clara Kimball 
Young Corp. for $4,000. The court 
held that these allegations are spe- 
cific enough and no bill of particu- 
lars is necessary. 

The action must now come to 
trial in regular order. 

Buffalo, N. Y., May 31. 

Business fell off noticeably dur- 
ing past week with summer weather 
and outdoor amusements. Attend- 
ance fairly well divided, Loew's 
leading the field by small margin. 
Reported closing of Shea's Court 
Street this week will probably 
mean upward trend for downtown 
picture houses. All are now look- 
ing for novelties as general feeling 
is that public at this time can be 
pulled indoors only by some unusual 
feature. Loew's plugging heavy 
publicity which probably accounts 
for leadership. 

Management of Hippodrome now 
turns from Harold B. Franklin to 
Vincent J. McFall, with Shea him- 
self in close attendance. Picture 
men watching house showing with 
interest. Lafayette Square slumping 
somewhat despite unusually heavy 
vaudeville bills. Making every at- 
tempt to secure ricture bookings, 
but picture card at this house 
shows up badly In comparison witb 
competing houses. 

Estimates for last week: 
Loew's 8tate— "The World Cham- 
pion" and vaudeville. (Capacity 
3,400; mats. 20, nights 30-40). Led 
bunch by respectable margin. Fell 
off $4,000 from preceding week with 
no apparent cause. Running along 
at excellent pace for pre-summei 
business. Close to $10,000. 

Hippodrome— "Penrod." Capacity 
2,400; scale, mats. 25-35, nights, 35- 
50). Drew best newspaper notices 
in many a day. Started off with 
bang Sunday with picture held over 
for full week. Anticipated big bus- 
iness failed to materialize, takings 
going to $8,500. 

Lafayette Square — "Perjury" and 
vaudeville. (Capacity 3,400; scale, 
mats. 20-25, nights 30 50). Strong 
vaudeville card, but offset by mid- 
dling picture. With business slump- 
ing, house shows first signs of mak- 
ing bid for real publicity. 1 So far, 
has depended upon organ and new- 
ness of theatre. Will have to plug 
to hold its own. Between $8,000 wid 


"Illinois Troops" Over at Woods, 

Chicago, May 31. 
Reilly's Bucks have "put over" 
their picture captioned "Illinois 
Troops Under Fire" at the Woods. 
Starting with last Friday night's 
performance, the house held capac- 


Kansas City's Censor Upheld by 
Appeal Board 


ity, and the Saturday and Sunday 

performances were clean-outs IB | ^« r*fllg*f was"ap'pTaled "to''the 

Kansas City, May 31. 

The firm appeal board of this city 
has refused to permit the picture, 
"The Mysterious Eyes of the Ku 
Klux Klan," to be exhibited here. 
The picture was sent here from 
Oklahoma City. It is claimed to 
show the Klan in its various activi- 
ties and secret workings. The cen- 

Explosion at Universal City Causes 
$500,000 Damage 


Samuel Schwartzbcrg. attorney 
in fact for Thomas B. Walsh, for- 
merly production manager of the 
Walsh-Fielding Productions, Inc., 
obtained an attachment in the City 
Court last week against Percival If, 
Fielding, former vice-president of 
the corporation. The action is based 
on an I. O. U. note for $617 ad- 
vanced by Walsh to Fielding. 

The attachment is appliable on 
Fielding's bank account in the 
Bankers' Trust Co., New York. The 
corporation'! receipts of "Shams of 
Society" (released thrum,' Uobort- 
son-Cole), which Walsh directed, 
were also attached to secure th< 
plaintiffs claim. 

Fielding, whose homo is in Nice, 
France, is at present in Oakland. 
Cal. Walsh is in Vienna making 

Los Angeles, May 31. 
All of the picture colony was 
endangered by fire late last Wednes- 
day afternoon when an explosion 
which rocked Universal City re- 
sulted from a short-circuited elec- 
tric wire igniting 110,000 feet of 
film in the cutting room. For sev- 
eral hours the fire threatened to 
wipe out the entire studio. Appa- 
ratus from all surrounding commu- 
nities were rushed to the film lots. 
The flames were under control 
after damage estimated more 

than $500,000 had been done. 

The film of "Under Two Flags," 
a Tod Browning production with 
Priscilla Dean starred, wa.i entirely 
destroyed. Miss Dean made a des- 
perate effort to save the film, but 
was unable to gain entranc* to the 
cutting room, which was padlocked. 
While returning to the lot she 
tripj ed on a robe she was wearing 
and sustained a sprained ankle. 

"Under Two Flags" will have to 
he made over. It had just been 
completed; Five short productions 
were also burned out. 

A total of 185,000 feel Of raw film. 
valued at four cents a foot, was 

minutes before the opening "punch 
talk was made by Corp. R. II. 

Negotiations arc now being made 
to obtain the house for a third 
week, with Lou Housman endeav- 
oring to get definite word from New 
York if "The Divine Crook" is com- 
ing June 12, in case the "Bucks" 
want to make it an indefinite stay, 
quite prospective under present 
enthusiasm and strong endorse- 

Out here It is understood "The 
Divine Crook" will not again be 
seen before the new season and, 
when It does reappear, Florence 
Reed will not be in it. One rumor 
says Marjorle Rambeau may have 
the title role that Miss Reed did 
not fit. 

Mayor, who referred the matter to 
the appeal board. Nicholas Hun- 
ter and E. L. Miller, members, re- 
viewed the film and turned it down. 
Regarding the board's action, 
Mr. Miller said: "Wc could see 
nothing objectionable in the film, 
nor could wo find any reasons why 
it should be run. The name is sen- 
sational. It would undoubtedly in- 
duce many persons to spend 45 
minutes to see it, but it would be 
an entire waste of time, for they 
would gain no Information, learn 
nothing. We believe we should up- 
hold the censor where we can do 
so justly, and we find no reason 
why this film should be shown 

pictures for an Austrian company. 
Tories on liimat thc'lasrmoment. I He has just completed a feature 
*hich did not meet with the dircc- for the Sascha Film Co. starring 
tor's approval. Albcrtina Rasch. 


Thf second anniversary of the 
taking over of the directorship of 
the Capitol, New York, by S. L. 

Rothafel will be celebrated next 


A special program will be pre- 
sented and a number of events of 
a gala nature are planned by the 
house attache* in honor of their 


W. Christy Cabanne is complet- 
ing his first production for the De- 
pendable Pictures Corporation at 
the former Metro studio, New York. 
Tammany Young is working with 
him as assistant director. 

In the cast are Mae Marsh, 
Martha Mansfield, Julia Swayne 
(Jordon, J. Barney Sherry, Norman 
Kerry, Walter Miller, Dick Leo, 
Daniel Hayes, Fred Kalgren, Al 
Stewart and T. Young. 

The production is the first of a 
series which the Dependable, which 
is the newly formed organization 
of Morris Kohn and John Woody, is 
to make during the coming year. 


San FranclSCO, May 31. 
The new Castro Street theatre In 
Scheduled to open during June. 
The new residential theatre, which 
will be devoted to pictures, has 
hern built by the Nassar Brothers, 
who also control two other houses 
in this district. The building Is 

loo m 150 feet, and is of reinforced 

concrete, constructed at a cc*t of 
over $200,000. 

The new house will seat 1.7&0. 
Timothy L. PflCUger is the archi- 
, tcct. 


The Bobby North combination, 
which is handling the countrywide 
sale of state rights for "The Curse 
of Drink," ha* closed for six terri- 
tories for the "five sta.- feature," as 
they have designated the production. 
The title of the picture has a spe- 
cial appeal to the state right mar- 
ket buyers at present and the fact 
that Harry T. Morey, George Faw- 
cett, Edmund Breese, Marguerite 
Clayton and Miriam Batista are 
starred In the production is lending 
an added interest to the bidding. 

North figures that the picture will 
sell 100 per cent, territory within 
the next month. The distribution In 
NCW York will be handled through 
the Apollo Eschaogo. 


The International Film Service 
Co., Inc., has secured the sciatn 
rights to 'The Helmet Of Navarre," 
by Bertha Ilunklc. The contract 
was closed this week through the 
ofllce of Nathan Burkan acting for 
the picture organization. 

The story will undoubtedly be 

utilised as a follow-up costume pi«y 

for Marlon Davles, who ha* just 
completed "When Knighthood Wa« 
in Flower." 



Friday, June «, m* 


Cosmopolitan Trust Offers Empire Circuit — Bids 
Until June 21 — 16 Theatres Included — Bank 
Financed "The Miracle Man" 

Boston, May 31. 

The Cosmopolitan Trust Co., 

which is being liquidated, is asking 

for bids on a number of securities 
and notes that would give the pur- 
chaser control of a circuit of 16 pic- 
ture theatres in the New England 
territory. The circuit Is known as* 
the Empire and it has the Bijou, 
Opera House, Colonial and Strand 
theatres in Newport; the Hialto, 
Lowell, Mass.; Central Square, 
Waltham, Mass.; Strand and 
Premier, Newburyport, Mass.; 
Strand and Town Hall, Amesbury, 
Mass.; Strand, Portland, Me., and 
the Nickelodeon, Kialto, Bijou, 
Academy of Music and Emipre, Fall 

Henry O. Cushman, the liquidat- 
ing agent for the Cosmopolitan is 
advertising in the local papers to 
the effect that the Empire Circuit 
of 16 picture theatres is offered for 
sale. This is followed by a notice 
to bidders in which they are invited 
to purchase "certain promissory 
notes, shares of stock and other 
securities which together are be- 
lieved to constitute controlling in- 
terest in the so-called Empire Cir- 
cuit a common and popular name 
referring to the following motion 
picture theatres and the various 
corporations owning or controlling 
same." The final date for the receiv- 
ing of bids is June 21. 

The Cosmopolitan Trust Co. is the 
bank which financed the Mayflower 
Film Corp. which made "The Miracle 
Man" among other productions. This 
picture was the only one that 
created any stir in the financial 
mart. The picture financing and 
loans that the organization made 
were partially responsible for the 
difficulties that the bank got into. 
Max Mitchell was the president of 
the institution and it was through 
him that I. Wolper promoted the 
Mayflower company. 


U. Tries One at Central— Does 
$1,800 on Day With Turn- 
away at Night 

The tremendous box office draw- 
ing power Rodolph Valentino has 
developed in the past six months as 
a picture favorite has brought about 
the appearance of at least two pro- 
ductions which he appeared in sev- 
eral years ago 

Last week the Universal decided 
to reissue "Once Unto Every 
Woman," with Priscilla Dean as the 
Htar and Valentino in the support- 
ing cast, for the Central, New lork. 
Valentino was billed almost as large 
as the star with the result the house 
did a turnaway Sunday night and 
played to $1,800 on the day. 

The strength cf the draw is en- 
tirely credited to the Valentino 
name. i r ext week the Central is to 
have "The Delicioi s Little Devil," 
another reissue with May Murray 
and Valentino, originally released 
in April, 1919. At that time Valen- 
tino appeared on the program as 
Rudolph de Valintine. His more 
lately adop'ed screen name will be 
used at the Central. 


Stock Sellers Convicted on Charges 
of Fraud 

San Francisco, May 31. 

Julian W. Wright and Bessie 
Chapman Wright were sentenced 
here last week to one year each in 
the county jail on charges of ob- 
taining money under false pretenses. 
They were convicted on charge i of 
Belling stock In a picture project 
known as the Patrician Film Cor- 
poration. \ 

Two sons, both Stanford students. 
were In court to bid their parents 


Present 10c. Seat May Be 
Doubled — Trouble in Collec- 
tions with Expenses Cause 

The American Society of Com- 
posers, Authors and Publishers is 
thinking of doubling its present 
annual tax rate of 10 cents per seat 
per year to picture exhibitors for 
the privilege of performing copy- 
righted music controlled by the so- 
ciety. This plan is a result of the 
number of litigations the A. S. C. 
A. P. has had to contend with. 
Bringing suit against infringing ex- 
hibitors is proving costly, even 
though the organization has inva- 
riably won and recovered the $250 
minimum damages. But the legal 
expense incurred in sending wit- 
nesses and engaging counsel in va- 
rious parts of the country offsets 
any damages recovered. The scout- 
ing system maintained to unearth 
any infringement by exhibitors is 
another item. 

The big circuit and exhibitors are 
prompt in their tax returns, but the 
rank and file of small theatre own- 
ers are careless. 


Irvin Martin Married, Separated 
and Divorce Suit Within Week 

Los Angeles, May 31. 

Two additional failures in the 
matrimonial mart were recorded 
here among the professionals last 
week, when irvin Martin, art direc- 
tor for the Fairbanks-Pickford pro- 
ductions filed suit for divorce 
against Eleanore Dowler Martin. 
This marital affair established 
something of a record for wooed, 
wedded and parted even in this 
swift moving little city. The Martins 
were married May 24. The hus- 
band alleges that his wife deserted 
him the following day and before 
the week was out he had started 
his action for divorce. 

The second divorce action was 
the granting of a decree to Rose 
Perfect, (Rose Maude Crosbic) for- 
merly in the legitimate, now 
cabaret soloist here. Saturday the 
courts parted her from her husband 
whom she charged with being a 
habitual drunkard. 


Sells "The Vision" to Buster Kea 
ton — Not Directing 

L.OS Angeles, May 31. 

Rosooe "Fatty" Arbucklo may 
never again appear in pictures as 
a player, but that he intends to 
remain in the business is made a 
fact through the sale two weeks 
ago of a scenario to Buster Keaton, 
who is now shooting the story. 

There has been considerable talk 
that Arbuckle is directing Keaton. 
but this report is not true, as Eddie 
Cline is and has been with Keaton 
In a directorial capacity for some 

Arbuckle's on the 
Keaton lots was brief. He simply 
cxplaine" 1 . his story an 1 is now 
resting at a beach home. The tem- 
porary title of his story is "The 


Los Angeles, May 31. 

Trial of the $200,000 damage suit 
brought against Herbert Rawlinson 
by Dorothy Clark Elm, who alleges 
the film star attacked her comes 
up here before Judge Crail June 3. 

The picture player failed to ap- 
pear last week before attorneys for 
the purpose of having a deposition 
taken relative to the suit. 

Rawlinson must also enter a de- 
fense to the damage suit as 'the re- 
sult of a derision by Judge Crail, 
who overruled the star's demurrer. 
He was given 10 days to answer. 


Times Square Sign Lighted by 

Opposition, to Aid "News" 


The publicity wallop young Paul 
Cray managed to put over last week 
for the Sol Lesser production of 
"Trouble," with Jackie Coogan as 
the star, in conjunction with the 
New York "I/aily News," is having 
the effect of causing considerable stir 
In both political and picture circles. 
The fact that, through Gray's ef- 
forts the "News" got the benefit of 
the sign 30 by 25 feet in the midst 
of T, ime si Square o» city property 
has started the Hearst forces trying 
to ascertain the why and where- 
for . Incidentally, the fa< that Fa- 
mous Players, through its 1493 
liroadway corporation, paid for the 
illumination of a sign advertising a 
First National production is causing 
considerable of an inquLy in a cer- 
tain Fifth avenue picture home of- 

Cray is a youngster who came 
to New York from the Middle West 
a few years ago with ideas. . He 
hadn't had much of a chance to de- 
velop them in pictures until a short 
while ago, when Sol Lesser gave 
him carte blanche to "go ahead" on 
the Coogan pictures. In Gray's la- 
test effort he more than made good. 
So much so that even the Strand 
box office felt the effect of the sign 
in the square on its Tuesday bus- 
iness when the receipts jumped $400 
over the previous day. 

The novelty was a replica of the 
front page of "The News" and called 
attention to the fact the Strand was 
giving a special kiddies' perfor- 
mance Saturday morning for bun- 
dles of discarded children's clothing 
for needy kiddies of the slums 
which was part of the charity cam- 
paign of "The News." 

Mayor John F. Hylan gave his 
personal permission after Commis- 
sioner Joseph Johnson had refused 
to permit the sign. Atop of that. 
Gray, through the plea the sign was 
for "The News" charity, got the 1493 
Broadway Corporation to supply 
light for a sign that advertised a 
rival feature released through the 
Famous* biggest competitor. 


To Kill Herself by Poisoning — Re- 
ceived Telegram Before Taking 

Syracuse, N. Y., May 31. 

Did or did not Audrey Munson, 
former Syracuse sculptor's model 
and picture actress, receive a tel- 
egram which shattered her matri- 
monial plans just before she swal- 
lowed bichloride of mercury at her 
cottage home in the little country 
hamlet of Mexico, Oswego county? 

That is the question exciting 
Mexico. Upon its answe. in the af- 
firmative rests the only theory that 
has been advanced for the attempt 
by Miss Munson to kill herself. 
Prompt and heroic first aid treat- 
ment by neighbors and Dr. K. D. 
Stone, of Mexico, it is belb ed, has 
foiled Miss lUunson. 

Her condition is such the attend- 
ing physician declares hor out of 
danger. The erstwhile model swal- 
lowed her poison dose before all 
four of the mercury tablets had 
been dissolved. The amount of 
poison taken into her system was 
very small. 

Mrs. Katherine Munson, mother 
of Audrey, and her devoted com- 
panion at all times, refused to admit 
her daughter's act followed the re- 
ceipt of a telegram. Mrs. Munson 
Saturday, following her daughter's 
rash act, was reported to have de- 
clared that Audrey mixed the poison 
solution and drank it, after she had 
received a mysterious telegram. 
What the contents of that wire 
were Mrs. M.iason refused to say, 
but the inference was that it af- 
fected the "queen of the studio's" 
plans to wed Joseph J. Stevenson, of 
Chicago, and Ann Arbor in June. 


Los Angeles, May 31. 

Gladys Walton, Univcrr.d film star. 
was granted a divorce last week 
after explaining to Judge Summer- 
field that her husband, Frank H. 
Liddell, failed to fill any of his 
dowry promises made at the time of 
their marriage in December, 1920. 
and that he looked upon her simply 
as a "meal ticket." 

The little star told the court she 
wanted a home and everything, but 
that her dreams were not maturing. 


Spite Campaign by Rival Theatrical Company— 
Some Houses Open Last Sunday — Employes Ap- 
peal to Director Brennan to Let Theatres Open 


$11,000 Auto Bid in by Louis 

Mayer for $3,500— Sale 

Held in Musty Garret 

Los Angeles, May 31. 

Every hit of personal property 
owned by William Desmond Taylor 
at the time of his murder was sold 
at auction here last week. The list 
of articles that came under the 
auctioneer's hammer included a 
mateless shoe and an $11,003 auto- 

The sale was conducted in a musty 
garret room filled with second-hand 
dealers, curiosity - seekers, and 
many members of the picture colony. 

A dozen pairs of good *»<V >ld 
for' a few dol'ars. Louise Fazenda 
outbid the others for the former 
director's musical powder box, get- 
ting it for JG.50. Taylor'.s war relics 
were purchased by his former pub- 
licity man. The Motion Picture Di- 
rector's Association got his silver 
water carafe. Autographed pictures 
of Mary Pickford and Mary Miles 
Minter brought around $10. One 
photo included an inscription, "To 
William Desmond Taylor, the most 
patient and kindest man I have 
ever known." 

Louis B. Mayer, pictur • producer, 
bought the Taylor automobile for 
$3,500. He wrote a check for the 
amount and walked outside of the 
building where the car was standing 
and drove it off. 


Constance Binney to Make Picture 
for British Ideal Film Co. 

London, May 31. 

Constance Binney is on the water 
headed for England, and on her ar- 
rival will undertake the making of 
a feature for the Ideal Film Co. 

Jesse Hampton and Mrs. Hamp- 
ton will sail for London June 3 on 
the "Aquitania." Nothing has been 
disclosed as to the plans here of 
the American independent film pro- 

European picture activities are 
coming to the fore in the American 
market after a period of lapsing. 
The film made under the title of 
"Die Mude Tod" (Death Grows 
Weary") by Decla-Bioscope, has 
been imported to America, and its 
distribution has been taken over by 
Weiss Brothers, but through what 
channels has not been made known. 
The American sponsors of the pic- 
ture predict it will he another "Pas- 
sion," and neutral interests in the 
American film trade declare the pro- 
duction is one of the best attempts 
that have come from the other side 
since the war. The star is Lil Dag- 
over, heroine of "Dr. Caligari." 


Nathan Burkan is suing Thomas 
H. Ince, J. Parker Bead, Jr., Allan* 
Dawn, Maurico Tourneur, Mack 
Sennett and Marshall Neilan for 
$5,000 legal fees, for services ren- 
dered between January and Novem- 
ber, 1920, in effecting contracts be- 
1 cen the defendants (Associated 
Producers) and the Fiivst National. 

Burkan' in turn is counsel for 
Neilan in the $100,000 damage suit 
which the Associated Producers, 
Inc., has begun. 


San Francisco, May 31. 

Judgment for $4,000 in favor of 
Attorney Harry F. Davis against 
the Pacific Studios Corporation warn 
filed last week in the Superior 
Court. Judge (Jeorgc H. Cabaniss 
found that Davis as Qi >ft| agent 
for the Clolden (Jatc Co.. later ab- 
sorbed by the Pacific Studios, per- 
formed legal services in connection 
with the merger. 

The judgment is for this service 
and the sale of $80,000 worth of 
stoc!: of the Golden Gate Co. 

Newark, N. J., May 31. 

The campaign of the Centre 
Amusement Co. to close all the the- 
atres in Newark Sundays in re- 
venge for the closing of the CentraL. 
which It owns, has proceeded prac? 
tically according to schedule. War- 
rants were served upon tho various 
managers r* the downtjwn thea- 
tres <nd Friday they appeared in 
cjurt. Those arrested included 
Charles Miner, of the Strand, 
composed by the same interests 
as' those in the. Centre Amuse- 
ment Co.; Henry Finter; William 
Putnam, G dwin; Ray Ducrrne.' 
Terminal; D. J. Shepherd, Para- 
mount, Branford ai.d Rialto; Le W 
Golding, Proctor's; Fred llu\>ner, 
Keeney's; William A. Downs, Loew'i 
State; Sam Boss, Orpheum; Leon 
Evans, Miner's. The managers were 
all paroled for a hearing before 
Judge Boettner next Wednesday. 

The Federation of Churches fol- 
lowed the Centre people with an ap- 
peal to Director Brennan to close 
the theatres. Seventy-five of the 
.employes of th- theatres appeared 
before Mr. Brennan and asked him 
to keep th«i theatres open. To them 
fir. Brennan made the only public 
statement *■ » has made in the mat- 
ter. He said that the situation was 
different than it had been in the 
past, as on this occasion the the- 
atrical people themselves had start- 
ed the camp- , .i~n to closo the houses 
and that the churches had naturally 
followed. He stated that as far as 
he was concerned the theatres could 
stay open, but that if any higher 
authority ordered him to close them 
he Would be obliged to do so. 

Last Sunday the downtown the* 
atres were open as usual while tho 
residential houses remained closed. 

Sentiment on all sides is very bit- 
ter towards the Centre Company. 
Even those who would like the the- 
atres closed feel that they acted 
unfairly. The "Sunday Call*' had a 
strong editorial commending the 
Centre people while in its dramatic 
columns It published just as vigor- 
ous attack upon them. There is 
now a rumor, which can not be 
verified, the Centre crowd have lost 
their nerve and will drop the 













"KNIGHTHOOD" $5,000 

Counter Claim in Actor's Ac- 
tion for Cancelation — Inter- ^ 
esting Question Coming Up | j < 



Whether or not appearing late on >r 
the lot and holding up a set if 
legitimate excuse for the discharge 
of an actor by picture producer aRd 
the possible recovery of damages 
for the loss sustained in time on the 
part of the producer is the inter- 
esting question to be decided in the 
suit which Jose Ruben has brought 
against the International. 

Ruben, who was engaged for the 
production of "When Knighthood 
Was in Flower," the Marion Da vies 
starring production, brought suit 
against the producers of the pic- 
ture on the grounds he was dis- 
charged without cause after having 
worked one day of a contract which 
called for at least four weeks at 
$500 a week. Neuman & Newgnss. f ., 
attorneys for the actor, brought the 

Nathan Rurkan, representing the 
film corporation, in his denial, a'* 
leges the picture producers were 
compelled to work the company for 
an extra day because of Kuben. 
when ordered to report on the 
studio stage at 9:30 on the morning 
of April 17. in makeup, failed to 
appear until noon, thereby holding 
up the production and rompellinfl 
tho producer to keep the roinpany 
for an extra day in a scene that 
Called for Q targe number of extra* 
and the addetT cont to the pictur' 
was *;,.oiio. which #um he counter* 
el.iirns na damages ngnlnst Kuben. 

The contract with the fntereg 
tlonal waa entered into by It p - 
Carver. It stipulated the actor re- 
port at such times as required ln 
the making of the film. 












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I Am the Law" Charged with Violating Copyright 
— Injunction Asked For — International Seeks 
Court Protection Against Alleged Copyists 

Suits and counter suits, injunc- J 
ons and counter injunctions, are 
ie ammunition being used in the 
ittle between the Edwin Carewe 
ictures Corporation and the Affil- 
,ted Distributors, Inc., on one hand, 
ad the International Film Service 
o. f Inc., on the other. 
The fiRht is over the production 
| "I Am the Law," produced by 
irewe and being sold., through 
fnliated, which the International 
aims is an infringement on its 
ory, "The Valley of Silent Men," 
ie production of which has just 
ien completed by International 
ider the direction of Frank Bor- 

The picture, "I Am the Law," was 
lapted for the tcreen from a James 
liver Curwood story entitled "The 
oetic Vengeance of Oki San," 
hic'i originally appeared in "Out- 

"The Valley of Silent Men" is also 
Curwood story, first published in 
earst's "Good Housekeeping," and 
iter in novel form. The Hearst 
iterests were offered $75,000 for 
»e picture rights to the story at 
Be time but refused it. 
Late last week Nathan Burkan, 
cting for the International, is said 
> have advised a number of firms 
i the industry via telegram that 
ie production of "I Am the Law" 
i an infringement of the copyright 
n "The Valley of Silent Men," and 
Mtf anyone associated with the 
Istribution of the prdTluction would 
e prosecuted under the copyright 

A campaign of advertising to the 
ime effect was to have been issued 
) the trade Monday, but the 
ffiliated Distributors obtained an 
rder enjoining Nathan Burkan, as 
ttorncy for International, and the 
itter as well, from issuing the ad- 

The screen version of "The Poetic 
engence of Uko San" was the work 
f Raymond L. Schrock. In the 
ast are-Alice Lake, Kenneth Har- 
hi, Gaston Glass, Rosemary Theby, 
Joah Berry, Wallace Beery. A na- 
ional advertising campaign in the 
Saturday Evening Post" and other 
apers as well as in the film trade 
ress has been a most extensive one 
or this produ(*ion. 

Monday C. C. Burr, acting on the 
dvice of his attorneys, Nniman & 
JewgrasB, sent a telegram to the 
tate right exchanges that have 
>ought territory for "I Am the 
^aw," to the ef" t the International 
hrough ■ a' orney, was threaten- 
ng to send notices to the exchanges 

stop release of "I Am the Law," 
laiming it interfered with an unrc- 
eased International picture. The 
»ire further stated "Advised by our 
attorney that claim is absurd and 
ibsoluU'ly without foundation. No- 
^ce sent is high handed impudence, 
^o law suit of any kind impending 
*nd could not sneered if begun. Dis- 
r gard a11 notices and proceed with 
Ustnbution as you see lit." 

"1 Am the Law" is booked into the 
strand, New York, for a Broadway 
jeek beginning next Sunday. Mr. 
*"rr stated he felt certain the pic- 
ure would play there. He was 
•Kewise certain the International 
V>uld n ot be able to substantiate its 
'aim of infringement of copyright 
"court and believed he Would have 
ultimate action for the recovery 

1 "Amagc s for Ule action takcn in 

BJ War mng sent to state right < x- 
nanges against his picture, 
The manner in which the exoou* 

PJJM the International obtained a 
j*w of the production of "I Am the 
kuich ' c att*Hlg somewhat of a 
Ko. Kome one connected with 
** picture is said to have been in- 
■^ed to one of the Interna- 


Pittsburgh Picture Theatres 
Forced to Close for Sev- 
eral Days 

Pittsburgh, May 31. 

Three non-union picture houses 
were liberally plastered with yellow 
paint saturated with chemicals of 
obnoxious odors during the last 
few days. A. G. Thomas, manager 
of the Crystal, on Cmithfleld street, 
said he was informed the offenders 
were using a spraying squirt gun. 

Missiles containing the liquid 
were burst against the entrance of 
the Evaline, near East Liberty, and 
the same process was used on the 
Orpheum in Squirrel Hill. 

The theatres were forced to re- 
main closed several days. 

While no direct charges have been 
made, the owners have intimated 
they are sure the offense was a re- 
sult of their failure to affiliate with 
the operators' union. 

$850.000 FOR LYRIC 

Cincinnati House Purchased by Fox 
and Associates 

Cincinnati, May 31. 

The Fox Film Corp. and an asso- 
ciation of local interests have pur- 
chased the Lyric theatre property on 
Vine street, north of Fifth. The re- 
ported purchase price is $850,000, 
with plans now drawn for an addi- 
tional $350,000 to be spent in re- 
modeling the interior of the house, 
converting it into one of the most 
modern motion picture theatres in 
the country. 

While the Fox interests have con- 
trol of the property, there is con- 
siderable Cincinnati capital repre- 
sented. Jerome Jackson, I. W. Mc- 
Mahan, Frank W. Huss, Julius Fei- 
belman, Jesse McClain, Charles J. 
Heckle and Edwards Ritchie are in- 
terested. All were former stock- 
holders in the old Vine Street Lyric 
Theatre Co." 

This is the third salo of the Lyric 
property within a year. It was first 
disposed of by the Heuck interests 
to James P. Orr, Charles A. Hinsch 
and R. K. Le Blond, who in turn 
sold it to the Cincinnati Lyric The- 
atre Co. Last fall the Shuberts were 
in negotiation for the property, but 
while the deal was pending the mi- 
nority stockholders of the company 
organized and took over the theatre. 
The y, in turn, made the Fox deal. 


Los Angeles, May 31. 
Dean M. Fifie-M was killed he re 

\< iterday in an automobile accident 

1 Ie was director of the Hollywood 
Theatre, on Hollywood Boulevard, 
The machine which he was driving 
collided with a surface car when tin 

binkes refused to wcrk. 

tlonal's executive*, who. it is said, 
offered to finance ■ production Cor 

him or to obtain employment with 
the International if he coUId see a 
sample of tli«- work. An appoint- 
ment was made and FTirne one ap- 
peared with a print of the picture 
which permitted the International 

force t<- make comparisons with 

their own production, 

"The Valley of Silent Men" which 
Frank Borsage directed is said to 
have cost International 1141,000 t« 

To.'iKe . 




George Mooser Warned 
Against Exhibiting Grif- 
fith's "Way Down East" 
in Tokyo— Pirates Copy- 
righted "Japanese Trans- 
lation" — Big Business of 
Japan Against Practice- 
Legislation Probable 




Date Changed from June 14 to June 19 — Place 
Changed from Ritz to Plaza in Order to Accom- 
modate All Reservation Requests 

Tokyo, Japan, April 30. 

There has been little change in 
Japan these last 10 years. 

That Is to say, physical change. 

Yokohama has deteriorated, and is 

rapielly losing the importance that 
was her's 15 years ago. In Tokyo 
the beautiful modern office build- 
ings the Fuller Construction Co. 
erected for the Mitsuibishi people 
marked a new epoch for Japan. 

The leaven of unrest has been 
working in the Island Empire as 
well as the rest of the world, and 
Japan has become one of the most 
expensive places in the world to 
live, twenty sen, or 10 cents Amer- 
ican, for postage on first-class mat- 
ter. The government exacts a tax 
of from 30 to 60 per cent, upon im- 
ports. The duty upon cigars is 350 
per cent. 

A ricksha coolie that would have 
received 25 sen (12V£c.) in the old 
days for the trip from the Hatoba, 
or landing, to the Grand Hotel now 
turns up his classic nose at 50 sen 
(25c.). Your hotel boys sniff at a 
three yen tip at llie end oX the week, 
and 1 am told the Soviet has i.ot 
been idle here in their work of 
spreading the gospel of unrest. 

The "showmen'' of Japan are 10 
years' behind the times so far as 
pictures, and picture theatres art 
concerned. About 700 theatres in 
all Japan. The great majority are 
very small and showing about 20 
reels of film at every performance. 
No music, and during the showing, 
the audience entertained by a sort 
of lecturer, who takes the place of 
the sub-title and describes, with in- 
terpe nations and localized idioms, 
the progress of the story. 

All the theatres in the Empire are 
owned or controlled by a group of 
eight companies. Most of the the- 
atres pay from one to $200 (Amer- 
ican) for the entire program of 20 

Toll is made possible by the use 
of a locally made film, a cheap for- 
eign feature (freejuently a "dupe," 
or "second" as it is known here) 
anel several episode* of a serial. 

Upon my arrival here, the foreign 
anel Japanese papers rame out with 
Btorlefl of the entrance Into the local 
field of 'The Big Four ' a* the prod- 
uct of the United Artist* Corpora- 
tion is better known. Thr y com* 
niented open the fact that almost 
all of the r. A. product had been 
sold or Used in tins country in the 
form of stole n <r "duped'' prints, 

and ventured the hope that legisla- 
tion would be secured to effectually 
stop tins traffic. 

We. j."avt. a luncheon to the heads 
r.f the largest Mm companies, 
though many of them had stolen or 
duped joints in their vaults, they 
expressed pleasure at being with us, 
and hoi « «i we would I * able te, 
clean up the situation. 

We hael trace el the source Of 
Stolen or duped pints, and found 
the y v. » 1 1 being shipped from Loi 
Angeles, Seatth .- > r > < i Honolulu t< 
Hongkong, an exhibitor in Bhang - 
li.n l • ing the re < e iver g< ne tal an<l 
<l stnl -ijtor Of the stolen (material 
In Japan th»> fountain head, anel the 

The dinner to be tendered to 
Senator James J. "Walker by the 
Theatre Owners' Chamber of Com- 
merce has been postponed from 
Juno 14 to June 19, when the event 
will be celebrated^ at the Hotel 
Plaza, New York^lnstcad of the 
Ritz-Carlton, as originally planned. 
The announcement that a testi- 
monial was to be tendered to the 
Senator by the T. O. C. C. brought 
so many requests from outside 
sources for reservations the limited 
space at the Ritz would not permit 
of the holding the dinner there and 
the first available date was five 
days later at the PI ^a. Incident- 
ally, this will be in the form of a 
birthday dinner for Jimmie Walker. 

receiver-general of big features Is 
the Oriental Serial Film Co., headed 
by Danjiro Ohta and Haruo Taka- 
mura, Asakusa Park, Tokyo. One 
Iwaoaka has been the intermediary 
between Shima and other film 
thieves in the States, and the Tokyo 

We proceeded to inaugurate a hot 
campaign, both in Japan and in 
China. This was extremely annoy- 
ing to "The Film Ring," as they had 
operated so long and frceljf without 
interference, they had made con- 
tracts for delivery of certain films 
for this territory with guarantees to 
the purchaser that they could not 
be stopped. 

"Over the Hill," "Birth of a Na- 
tion," "Fauntleroy," "Way Down 
East" and "The Four Horsemen" 
have been quoted to exhibitors, and 
some of the product of the United 
Artists Corporation sold as low as 
$500 for the original stolen print. 

We are informed we could never 
secure a conviction, as the Taisho 
Film Co. had lost its case against 
the Ni-Katsudo Co. When we final- 
ly contracted for the showing here 
of "Way Down East," the thieves 
came out into the open, audaciously 
claiming copyright on the pirated 
film by virtue of a Japanese trans- 
lation of the story of "Way Down 
East." They furthermore warned 
us that they wqu-ld take "legal" 
steps to prevent the showing of our 
film, and sent word to the man with 
whom we had contracted, that 50 
"Black Hand" or "Short Hword" men 
would be at the theatre to prevent 
his opening. 

We arc, of course, very pleased at 
the turn of affairs, as it enables us 
to obtain a concrete case, and wall 
eventually lead to the passage of 
legislation, as the great business in- 
terests of Japan are as anxious as 
we are to put a stop to this sort of 

They realist that this touches 
their national honor, and when the 
Diet convenes a law will be drafted 
that should afford adequate protec- 

For the prep* nt the remedy lies in 
a pre-release in Japan that will 
beat out the pirated product, and 
concerted action by all producers, 
and refusal to deal in any way with 
exhibitors in the Far East who use 
stolen or duped film. They are all 
me»re or less U< pendent upon oui 


If every company would have a 
circular letter issued by its Foreign 

Department warning the tiath. that 
they would refuse lO se II their film 
to any exhibitor using pirated stuff, 

it would go far toward potting an 

en»i to thiv practh e 


The Univcrsal's special, "The 
Storm," is not to hold forth at its 
own* theatre on Broadway, but in- 
stead has been booked for the week 
of April 18 at the Capitol. It is 
possible that the Central will get 
second run on the main stem, fol- 
lowing the Capitol date. 

It is on the strength of the di- 
rectorial work on this production 
that Reginald Baker obtained the 
contract with Louis B. Mayer for 
the rrfaking of a series of Reginald 
Barker productions fe>r release, 
either through First National or 

The "duped" "Way Down Bast 

film was delivered tej cicorgi 
Mooser May i> after a court order 

hael been secured directing the miz 
lire of the "iluje," with MOpsei eh 
positing 10,000 >en aH a finely.. 

Th< matter of the . ourt pn I 

The indications are at present 
that the dinner is to be one of the 
really unusual events, inasmuch as 
its scope will embrace practically 
all of -the notables of the religi >us, 
political, industrial, theatrical, pic- 
ture and sporting fields of the 

Augustus Thomas is to be toast 
. ster. The speakers are to In- 
clude as far as possible to announce 
at present, ex-Governor Al Smith, 
Mayor John F. Hylan. U. S. Sena- 
tor James W. Wadsworth, Jr., 
Charles M. Schwab, E. F. Albee, 
Raymond Hitchcock and Will H. 
Hays. The guests of prominence 
will include leading lights of the 
baseball and boxing fraternities, 
George M. Cohan. Archbishop 
Hayes, Babbl Silverman, R. M. 
Bowes, A. L. Erlanger, Samuel L. 
Hot ha pf el, Sara Harris, Senator 
Cobb, Joseph Levenson, Hugo Reis- 
enfeld, Police Commissioner Rich- 
ard E. Enright, Deputy Commis- 
sioner Dr. Harriss, Hon. Murray T. 
Hulburt and many others equally 
prominent in civic and Industrial 
activities, as well as the amusement 
world, » " the state. 

It is surprising to note the fact 
that exhibitors from various part£ 
of the country have wired to the 
local offices of the T. O. C. C. for 
reservations for the dinner. The 
fact that the Senator, during the 
last three years, has w ked for 
the general interests of the ex- 
hibitors of the country has brought 
about a general demand that In- 
dividuals, irrespective of any affili- 
ations that they may have with 
exhibitor organizations, be . emit- 
ted to make the event a gala one 
in the Senator's behalf. 

ings and return of the film are re- 
lated in a story In "The Japanese 
Advertiser" of Tokyo of May 10. 

The "duped" "Way Down East'* 
was in 11 reels. One reel each had 
been secreted In 11 theatres belong- 
ing to members of the Japan 
Showman's Assee iation. It rc- 
SjUired three hours to collect the 

The recovery was voluntarily 

maele after a conference between 
Mooser and the heads of thl pirat- 
ing ring. The rce 1« could not be lo- 
cated for seizure by the Officiate. 

Previously Word Lad sent to 
Mooser "the short sword men" 
Would "get him" and all r.f his 
party If they did not cease the 
proset ution. Mooser replied, ask- 
ing what good that WOttld do; th«je 
Would be others who wouhl follow 
anel continue the Work, b-r they 

(United Artists) were determined 

to put an enel to the thieving of 
their pictures (a "duped* 1 "Fauntle- 
roy" h.iei aieo been discovered 
there), Tins answer appears to 

have f<reeel the |e ilizatMUl Upon the 

.t;.ps that the Mooser campaign w.m 
in earm t. with the request for the 
confei i ii< i following. 

Haruo Tnwamura, the Jap ex- 
hibitOf holding the "ebipeel" film. 
..Ilej/eil he; had innocently pUfChaecd 

it in Khangbal fo. yen. 

/ tl 



Friday, June 2, 




May 2, 1922 

"Mr. Brooks deserves our congratula- 
tions. In the first place he has written 
the piece and written it very well ; in the 
second place, he lias Revised a fresh 
method of presenting his four scenes 
with no break; then he plays in it him- 
self, with competence. ... .The conver- 
sation is astonishingly good Alto- 
gether, one welcomes 'Dollars atid 
Sense' to a stage not too richly endowed 
wfth good things." 

London, Eng., May 14, 1922 

"The chief novelty at the Alhambra, 
last week, was a humorous tragedy in 
four episodes, written and staged by Mr. 
Alan Brooks, entitled 'DOLLARS and 
SENSE '.,... .one of the best things 

of its kind America has yet sent' us, full 
of action, with tragedy and comedy 
cleverly commingled. ..... .Mr. Brooks 

has provided himself With full oppor- 
tunity to show that he is an admirable 
actor with a remarkable capacity for ex- 
tracting every ounce of value from the 

clever lines 'Dollars and Sense' is 

at the Coliseum this week and 1 cordially 
recommend Referee readers to see it." 

LONDON TIMES, May 9. 1922 

f Ati Orioinal Sketch at the Alhambra 

"There is an original sketch at the Al- 
hambra. It comes from America and is 

written b$ Mr. Alan Brooks. Mr. Brooks 
can certainly both write and act, because 
not only is the sketch interesting but 'his 
own performance in the leading part is 
admirable '" 

London, Eng., May 9, 1922 

American Author in Own Play 

"It is seldom that one finds anything 
on the stage so genuinely new as 'Dollars 

and Sense.' 'Jack' is played by 

Mr. Brooks with perfect finish, — his sar- 
donic comments, tinged with witty humor 

are a succession of verbal surprises • 

Mr. Brooks' little speech of thanks for 
the hearty reception given him yesterday 
was as unconventionally clever as his 

London, Eng., May 10, 1922 

"An enthusiastic reception ensued with 
a witty speech from Mr. Brooks." 

May 9, 1922 

'An Original American Playlet 

"The chief feature at the Alhambra 
this week is a more than usually interest- 

ing one-act play entitled 'Dollars and 
Sense,' written and staged by Mr. Alan 
Brooks, a young American, who is mak* 
ing his first appearance in London. Mr. 
Brooks also takes the chief part in the 
play, and not only acts it extremely well, 
but proves in his writing of the play to 
be quite a master. ..... .There can be no 

doubt that this is ©ne of the most com- 
pact, original, pithy and well-written 
playlets that has been seen for a consid- 
erable time." 

May 14, 1922 

"Someone told me to see a sketch there 

(Alhambra), > in this Mr. Alan 

Brooks was appearing : It is called 'Dol- 
lars and Sense/ As I possess so little of 
either the title appealed to me. It is so 
American. I cannot imagine a gentleman 
in that country without either article.. . . « 
Mr. Brooks has written a clever little 
play.... he acts well and has a very 
clever, little Japanese actor, H. S. Kura- 
$aki, supporting him." 

London, Eng., May 12, 1922 

"The 'dramalet' in which Alan Brooks 
plays the leading role is a wonderful 




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Volterra Discouraged 
Good Attendance 
Odeon Quits June 11 


Slump — London Gets 
Holiday Night— Parts 

rarls, June 7. 
Bevere heat Is causing many 
closings and business fh all the 
Paris theatres is at low ebb.' The 
Odeon ends- Its iwwon JOne 11. Un- 
der the ■circumstances it caused hd 
surprise when Volterra announced 
that he had relinquished his idea of 
reproducing the Casino revue, !'Re- 
vue des Etoilcs," at the Mjogador, or 
anywhere else, at least for the cur- 
rent season. . ' 

The company has been released. 
Volterra hopes to have the Casino 
restored and ready for reopening in 
October. It recently was 1 damaged 
by fire back stage. There is every 
likelihood that Pearl \Vhite, star of 
the discontinued Casino revue, will 
appear at the Alhambra. 

The hot spell, coming In the 
midst of the "season," played, havoc 
with the theatre takings, though in 
some cases' the patronage was well 
up to the average, , 

1 The following were^ the receipts 
Tuesday evening, May 23 (fin francs, 
Including entertainment taxes, aver-? 
aging 16 per" cent, oh legitimates 
and 20 per cent, vaudeville) : 

'Ambigu (Montmartre), 1,30.2, frs.; 
Antoine (Mademoiselle ma Mere), 
1,721; Apollo (Pouick), 1,*15; Ath- 
enee (Atout, Coeurs), 3,896; Arts 
(Natchalo), 822; Bouffes (Dede), 
8,201; Ba-Ta-Clan (Walts Dream), 
1,533; Comedie Francalse (Vautrln), 
13,896; Theatre des Champs Elyaees 
(Wagner season b'y Italian troupe)* 
80,057; Comedie Montaigne (Meas- 
ure for Measure), 5.39;Cluny (Fe- 
tiche de Nounouche), 780; Chatelet 
(Les Millions de ipncle Sam), £.272; 
Capucines (first week of "Ce Que 
I'on dit hux Femmes), 2.7^0; Comoe- 
dia . (Une Poule de Luxe), 710; 
Dounou Ta Bouche), 11,113; Deu*. 
Masques (mixed program), 523; 
Dejazet (Cheri de sa Concierge), 
883; Edouard VII (I T ne Petite Main 
qui se place),. 8.936; Eldorado GSozo, || 
operetta),' 691; Eden /(Atlantide),, 
1,050; Femina (Maris KousnezofTs 
Russian troupe), 1,600; Folies Ber- 
gere (revue), 14,759; Gaite (Vie de 
Boheme), 2,870; Grand Quignol 
(mixed), 1,503; Gaite Rochechouart, 
(revue), 968; Mayol Concert (re- 
vue), 1,863; Michel (revue "Le Bel 
Ange Vint*' by Rip), 3,956; Marigny 
(Peche de Jeunesse), 2,325; Moga- 
dor (Classical music), 27,367; Nou- 
veautes (Dicky), 2,680; Opera (Rus- 
sian ballets), 21,099; Opera Co- 
mique (Noces Corinthiennes), 
18,568; Odeon (Arleaienne), 8,394; 
Palais Royal (Seconde Nult de 
fjocea), 6,402; Porte St. Martin 
(Arsene Lupin), 1,945; Theatre de 
Paris (last week "Miquette et sa 
mere), 834; Renaissance (revival of 
"La Gamine"), 848; Scala (Chasseur 
de chez Maxim's), 2,177; Sarah 
Bernhart (Regine Armand), 2,640; 
Trianon (Petite Fonctionnaire), 
702; Ternes (Surprises d'une Nult 
d'Amour), 799; Varietes (Belle An- 
gevine), 3,624; Vleux Colombier 
(Les Plaisirs du HaSard), 2,991 frs. 
Closed for rehearsals: Gymnase 


"Die Entlassung" Indefinitely 

Postponed, in, Berlin-r 

Movement Against It 

Berlin, June 7. 
/The three-aot drama, "Die Ent- 
lassung," by Emili Ludwig, dealing 
with the last days of the Bismarck 
regime and the Iron Chancellor's 
conflicts with Emperor William, will 
not be produced in the German cap- 
ital for some; time. It has been in- 
definitely . postponed, although ac-; 
cepted by the Rotter stages for 
presentation at the Theatre des 
Westens the latter part of May. 

Wegener was scheduled to do the 
Bismarck role and Gebuhr that of 
Wilhelm (I. 

. Herr Wolf, ihe lawyer who has 
represented Wilhelm II before, put 
in <a strong veto against the pro- 
posed production. . . , 

A strong movement against the 
public presentation of the play has 
necessitated a postponement. 


"Perle of Chicago" .Does Fairly at 
Arts, Paris ' 


Paris, June 7. 

A midnight revel was held ,at 
Magic . Cjty May 31 under the 
patronage of the Ministry, of Fine 
Arts in aid qt the newly organized 
Mutuelle, du Cinema (Motion Pic- 
ture Mutual Benefit Society). ,AH 
the film , stars attended, including 
Pearl White, a procession being 
formed under the direction of the 
painter, Georges Scott, in which | 
several .screen performers took part. 

As an attraction a picture was 

manufactured before the public by 

prominent actresses, members of 

: the audience "being invited' to par- ( 


The entrance was 10 frs. ($1)" and 
the receipts highly satisfactory for 
jthis good cause. 

, Paris', June T. 

At the. Arts, jon Jjune 3, "Li Perle 
d^ Chicago" was produced with fajir , 
success. The story concern's Ca-' 
mille, a country druggist, engaged to 
marry Henriette, when an American 
family named Jeffries arrives and 
acquaints, the druggist with jthe fact 
that the daughter Maude will inherit 
a fortune If she marries him (the 
druggist), last living relative of the 
eccentric testator. 

Maude suggests they marry and 
then secure a divorce as soon as they 
have possession of the fortune, Ca- 
mille retaining a share. Henriette 
consents to, this .arrangement, but 
upon their marriage Loth realize 
they are in love, and decade to re- 
main, husband and wife. . . 

. Maude's brother marries Henriette 
after purchasing the drug store and 
finding .a chewing gum factory. 

,Th,e scene of action te. in France, 
but the play is said to have been in- 
spired during the vjsit of the author, 
Maurice Deko'bra,, to \he UnitecJ 
States!' 4 One ©f the hits of the piece 
is Leveque," a picture ' actor, in the 
character of an inebriate clergyman 
imported from Chicago to. further 
the marriage. Other principals are 
Mile. Mad Andral ("The Chicago 
Pearl") and Mile. Pierette Caillot. 


Dolly, Sister Dancing with 

Clifton Webb — Place 

Called Acacias Gardens 

f rr- 

*. London, June 7. 

Practically all the London the- 
atres were crowded Monday night 
(Whitmonday),. a bank holiday in 
England. The preceding Sunday is 
a religious feast day (the seventh 
Sunday after Easter), and is re- 1 
garded as the third greatest cele- 
bration in the Christian calendar. 

Paris, June 7. 

The Acacias Gardens have been 
opened here !' as a duplicate of the 
New Yo*rk resort known as "Planta- 
tion." ' * _ 

Jenny Dolly IS appearing with 
Clifton "Webb as partner, and will 
remain through the summer, ac- 
cording to present plans. She is 
accompanies by the American jazz- 
eri, the White Lyres.- 

Webb will also ^ing songs from 
the. "Music Box Revu,e" and "Good 
Morning Dearie 1 " by special per- 
mission of Irving Berlin, Inc., and 
Harms, Inc., music publishers. 

LAID 700,000 BRICKS 

t I ' i — ~ I ; { 
Hotham Browne Opens Ox 

k ford : at Workington- 1 - 

Seats 1,400 

' London, 'June 7: I 

Workington, in the North of Eng- 
land, fs a little town of 25,000 in- 
habitants. It has more ... than its 
share of kinemas and theatres, the 
latter being notorious for bad busi- 
ness. To the number of its places 
of entertainment is now added the 
Oxford theatre. r*-'\t , — i 
. The . opening of 'this building 
would pass' without comment except 
In tlwe looa) newspapers but for the 
fact that it has been buflt entirely 
by one man, Hotham .Browne. 
Broyvne is a theatrically Inclined 
bricklayer who, finding himself UP 
against, building restrictions and 
labor troubles, set to.wor.k to build 
his theatre, single-handed, brick by 
brick.' , 

In two, years' ..time he has laid 
70,0,000 b,ricks, and i Workingtpn'a 
new theatre is now ready^for open- 
ing. :■••'.•• 

The aujjlltorium will, seat 1,400 
people. There are an e«njtrance hall, 
stage, dressing rocrutv a billiard 
room, lounge and cafe, offices and 
other rooms. 

In building his, Browne 
ignored the labor unions, which 
enry allow a workman to lay some- 
thing like 400 bricks' a day, but did 
obtain help for painting, decorating 
and carpentering. 


Crook Play at Paris Theatre Berne 

••' hardt Indifferently Received 

Paris, June 7. 

Afc tfie Tjheatxe Bernhardt, May 31 
following "Retinal Armand," j U8 { 
Withdrawn, the,, management pro* 
'duced it three-act melodrama by 
Michel Carre and Albert Acremenb 
which was poorly received. 

The story has to do with an or- 
phan 'girl .nicknamed '."Mome,4 
reared by a crook and forced to at- 
tempt burglary iri the- apartment of 
a fashionable young man about town 
as aid to her sponsor. The proprie- 
tor's servants disturb the crooks. 

The young swell finds the girl un- 
conscious and afterwards helps her 
to reform by securing for her a stage 
engagement which leads to her tri* 
umph.- The crook returns to claln* 
his former companion -and protege 
and She appeals- for protect it»n to the 
young man. In rlie clash between 
him and the cro6k the latter is shot 
to death and the ••young- 'man Is 
wounded. .11 

Believing her benefactor dying, the 
girl confesses her love for him, and 
the final scene foreshadows their 
marriage. . i . . n 

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London, June 7. 
Vaudeville reopening at the Pa-, 
vilion under "the direction of C^ B. 
Cochran will have three American 
acts on the Initial bill: Duncan 
Sisters, Sylvester Trio, Gen. Ed La- 

Others on the initial bill are Trini, 

Spanish dancer, from the Cochran 
revue, "Fun of Fayre," which closed 
recently; Anita Elsen, in a dancing 

^specialty with Charles Brooks, for- 
merly part of "From Mayfair to 

i Montmartre." 

"Plantation" in New York is a 
Broadway cabaret-restaurant, form- 
erly known as the Folies Ber£ere in 
the Wintec Garden building. It re- 
opened under the new title with an 
all-colored floor revue in a South- 
ern plantation setting, which is now 

Jenny Dolly Is a sister of Rosie 
/Dolly (Dolly Sisters). Both girls 
were recently in New Ybrk appear- 
ing in vaudeville for a few weeks. 


Queen's Continuing Butt's Innova- 
tion — Indefinite Engagement 



Paris, June 7. 
The new show of the Variety 
Theatre Controlling Co. at the 
Paris Alhambra, opening June 2, 
comprises. Hazel Elliott and Candy- 
Girls, Mrs. Walters-Eight Alhambra 
C.irls! Two Marconis. Adam and Lee M 
Seattle company, Nan Stuart, Wal- 
ter Sayton, .Tre-Ki, Togan and 
Geneva, Aurora Cycling Troupe. : 


London, June 7: 
JesAe L. Lasky has gone to France 
and will visit Spain before tak- 
ing up his booked' sailing date from' 
Cherbourg June 28. It Is unlikely 
the picture man will return to Lon- 
don before starting for home. 

Gilbert ' Miller is accompanying 

• •I 


Paris, June 7. 
George Middleton's "Circles" is to 
be produced, in French at the N(ii- 
veau theatre tonight, the evening 
being filled out with a thort Froneh 
play by Constance Lounsbery. 

' ' ""lion dorr, June 7. 

The policy of" pay after you see 
the play, inaugurated' by Sir Alfred 
iButt for "Lass o" Laughter" at the 
jQueen'8. appears to have proven en- 
couragement to the management. 

The piece Is continuing with an 

Indefinite e'ngageme'ht announced, 

and under the same terms for the 

public — send a check in payment for 

I their seats, if the piece pleases. 


Paris, June 7. 
It is reported in Paris that Roscoe 
'("Fatty") Arbuckle is coming to the 
French capital- to play a number of 
• vaudeville engagements. 


Rep6rted through* Pau? Tauslg & 
Son, 104 East 14th street: 

June 17, Michael Kara (Van 

June 15, Gordon and Ford. Bo- 
ganny Troupe (Carmania). * ' 

June 15, Anita Draz, W. F. Wirt- 
scherman tHansa). • • 

June 14 (New York to Paris), F. 
Barrett Corman (Paris). 

June 14 — (From New York), Bo- 
gapny's Lunatic Bakers jCSaxonia). 

June 13— ^(From New York), Miss 
Pert Kelton and sitter Sue, Edward 1 
Francisco (Three Heltons), (Aqui- 

June 10— (New York, to GiaqgdW), 
Florence Baiird (Bensee and Baird), 

June 10, The Bereczens (Drott- 

June 10, Mme. Frances (Homeric). 

June 13, Yvette ROgel (Aqui- 
tania). , 

June 7 (from London), A. H. 
Woods (Majestic).. 

June 6 (from New York), Mr. and 
Mrs. Julius Marx, Mr. and Mrs. Leo 
Marx, Mrs. Samuel Marx, Arthur 
Marx, Herbert Marx, Mrs. A. Muck, 
Linda Muck, Eleanor Reilly, Helen 
Schrocdcr, Edward Metcalf, Harry 
Kabaoff, "May Dever, Mr, and* Mrs. 
M. S. Bentham, Mr. and Mrs. Jean' 
Bedini, Clark and McCuIlough, Em- 
.met Baker, Elaine Beasley, Emily 
Earle, Charles Adler. Charles Mac, 
Ruth Wheeler, (Miss) Billy White, 
Lucille Printems, Peggy ^Trevor, 
Olive Burt,- May- Burt, Gwen Par- 
due.- Harry Baker. Irving Reeves, 
Aubrey Wells, James Buckley, Ed 
Bitfand, Walter Sharpies, Henry 
Hoff, Michael Zelanko, Arthur San- 
ders, John Edwards; Henry Mc- 
Minn, Mark Scanlon (Mauretanla). 

June 6 .(from New York), Mr. and 
Mrs* George Arliss, Mrs. Claude 
Grahame-White (Ethel Le^ey), Mrs- 
Thomas B. Clarke (Elsie Ferguson), 
Eva La Gallienne (MaureUinia). 

June 3 (all from New York),. 
Seymour Felix, Miss O. Pardue 

June 3— (From. New York), B. S. 
Moss, Seymour Felix ^Olympic): 

June 2 — (From London to New 
York), John R. Rogers (Caronia). 


London, June 7. 

The Germ a • producers are mak» 
ing great efforts to capture British 
producers and players, and num- 
bers df both are crossing backward 
and" forward. 

The British are accenting the 
German proposals with alacrity, 
more especially 'the producers of 
the "free-lance" variety who have 
been badly robbeii in the past by 
the owners of so-called studios and 
their crews. • . -» 

There are very few really decent 
studios in London, the best being 
those belonging to Gaumont. Stoll, 
Famous -Lasky, Barker and "B. A 
C," but there are many old corru- 
gated iron sheds, converted coach 
houses and the like, and the rental 
charges are absurd. 1 .••• • 

One English producer with a good 

record is removing his activities to 

Berlin, where )|f has .acquired- a' 

l»-;ise of a StUdiQ capable of holding 

.six full sets at a. rental, of £4 /10b. a 

day, this including everything, but 

his. players. The las.t. picture ha 

made in England cost, him £160 

weekly, for a converted, shed in an. 

•eastern 'suburb and. something Ufc* 

' £ 40. a week overtime f,or the crew,. 

the latter never being on hand when 

.wanted, but habitually getting busy 

just when the legal, hour,. of closinf 

jarrived. \, , .. 

The crews of tbp German studioj, 
fne declares, kno^ nothing of this, 
'higHwaymap business,, .but are rua. 
on"mili,tary lines, and are„on dutjj, 
to the minute, .( 


Ix>ndon, June 7. 
"The Second Mrs. Tanqueray'' was 
well received here when revived 
Jujue 2 at the IMayhouse with Gladys 
Copper in the role oreatod here by 
Mrs-. Pat Campbell 



ohm. rosrK,, FOSTER PRODUCTIONS >"««* po*™. 

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Paris, June 7. 
The French version of 'Teg ' My 
Heart*' was revived at the Theatre 
Antoine June 1. 

Merrily Yours Coming Home 
London. June 7. 
Merrily Yours John K. Rogers 
left here June 2 on the Caronia for 
New York. He had been in London 
for «ome time. 

Cable Adrirew: Confirnmtion, London. 


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»YTNAM BriLDiW. 1199 IlKOADWA¥* NR^ ^ORK Cltt 

Indifferent Melo 

London, June 7. 
"The Green Cord," produced at the 
Royalty June 2. was disclosed as an 
indifferent melodrama, although 
Very well acted. 

Fred Ebbetts of the Selwyn office 
has been appointed managing di-- 
rector of the Strand, .Kocjkville 
Center, L. I.. for the Nassau 
Amusement corporation, the own- 
ers. The. house will play vaudeville 
the last half of the week, using the 
show for three days find a new bill 

Fred G. Weiss, former manager 
of Loevv's Garden. Kansas City, has 

1 -«n transferred to the War field 1 

San Fran> SCO 


•• .-.Paris, May 26;' 

Jtadiana Fazmor», contralto, at* 
tached tto 'the American- •Chmrch '*■ 
Paris; sang at a concert M the Ball* ' 
Gaveau, -accompanied by Louis Att^ 
bert,last week. 

Ewan Justice, • formerly of- New 
York -World," is seriously Ilial' 
Bad Neuheim. ; 

Morgan Farley, after Paris, is vis* 
iting London. 

Elizabeth Day (Mrs. Mason Day) 
made her concert stage debut In 1 
Paris last week. Among visitors' 
in Paris lately were WH^gM*?* 
Cooke, Baltimore "San"; Alma Bel- 
win, who lost a d-iamont hatpin in 
a taxicab; Edna Ferber, writer, «f' 
Chicago: Mrs. Lilian Hirst, re- 
turning home June 16 by "Finfand"; 
Harry Green, of New York. Mrfv 
Ada Bodaueky, wife of 1 the condhiC* 
ton >■ ■ ' " 

At Berlin: Louis Graveure, after 
a song recital at the Philharmonic, 
has gone to Vienna; Rudolph Polk, 
violinist; Clara Rabinowitch. pian- 
ist; Henry Deering, Alma Schlcs- 
inger, of Milwaukee (who intends 
opening an Art theatre in Chicago 
next season); Kenneth McGowan, 
New York critic (writing a book on 
the German stage); Bruno Lcssing 
(Rudolph Block), BiJly de Beck (of 
"Barney Goggles"' renown); Eleaner 
Sawyer is appearing at the Berlin 
Opera; Patty Stuart, sister of Fain-' 
ny Dillon, the composer, has hewn 1 
engaged for the Opera in Ba'l*» 
Switzerland, next season. 


Germaine Ponzio, actress of the 
Pari! Odeon, died at St. Cloud, 
France, .after a long illness. 



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Final Papers Signed — Division Occurs June 24 — Loew's Retain New Warfield, Frisco, and New Slate, 
J^os Angeles — A. H. Secure Return of 14 Western Houses, -Including Five New Theatres — Mutual 
Agreement Brought About Dissolution of Loew-A. & H. Merger 


50 Metropolitan Managers in Lin* 
for Membership 

The Loew Circuit will drop the 
mstern end of Its present chain, 
fo/merly known as the Ackcrman & 
Harris Circuit, commencing June 24. 
The final papers were signed Mon- 
day. Irving Ackcrman, of San 
Francisco, executed them for his 
firm in New York 

tty the terms of the dissolution 
Loc-w's retains the new Warfield, 
San Pran?isco, lately opened, and 
tbe new State, Los Angeles, opened 
shortly before the Frisco house. 
Both arc now playing Loews pop 
vaudeville policy. Following the 
division of the eastern and western 
Loew's, those two theatres may 
adopt a straight picture policy 
booked by the Loew picture agency 
in New York. 

Through the separation the Ack- 
crman A Harris Circuit will be im- 
mediately revived iu name and 
fact, with A. & H. securing 11 far 
western theatres. Five are new 
houses, all named State, and were 
projected by Ackcrman & Harris 
before that circuit merged with 
Loew's shortly after the litter in- 
creased its capitalization to extend 
its theatre operations. 

The theatres returning to A. & II. 
are the Palace and Hippodrome, 
Seattle; Hippodrome, Portland; 
Hip and State (now), Sacramento; 
Hippodrome and State (new), 
Stockton; Hip, San Jose; Hip, 
Fresno; State (new) Oakland; 
Casino and Hip, San Francisfco; 
State (new), Long Reach; State 
(new), Salt Lake. 

These theatres in reverting to 
[Ackerman & Harris will be con- 
ducted along the former pop vaude- 
ville and picture policy of the firm, 
which continued its playing policy 
when entering the Loew Circuit, 
excepting the western houses then 
; commenced to play vaudeville road 
' shows and pictures booked out of 
the Loew headquarters in New 

In the dissolution the Loew office 
will take nine full weeks from its 
route sheet. Those weeks, with 
others the A. & H. firm expect to 
locate, will be booked as full or split 
weeks by the A. & H booking 
offices, either in San Francisco or 
Chicago or both. It is possible 
A. & H. will establish its own book- 
ing offices in Chicago. 

The separation of the eastern and 
western ends of the Loew Circuit is 
looked upon as a shrewd business 
move for both parties. The Loew 
Circuit benefits through having the 
burden of operating the extreme 
• west from the extreme east re- 
moved, while Ackerman & Harris, 
who understand the coast territory, 
are again free to operate as they 

The Loew's New York headquar- 
ters commenced to receive the im- 
pression some months ago that in 
addition to the extra operation that 
involve! a great deal of attention, 
the eastern end 6f the circuit suf- 
fered in expense through acts, when 
booking with Loew, striving to se- 
cure the same salary for the east 
that had been given them in the far 
west. The addition of the far west- 
ern bookings, in conjunction with 
Jhc southern time hooked out of 
the Loew's New York office, caused 
that agency to have 
°f salary: one for 
Greater New York 
8 »ve of Una 

three grades 

the cast (with 

the most cxten- 

territory) and neces- 

sarily the lowest rated route for 
"alary; mother for the* outh, also 
middle western and Canada, the 
jneUium salaried territory on 
J^oew Circuit for bookings; 
'op salary for acts 
where the cost of 
»'*d to be included 



md tbe 
on the coast. 
through the long 

mous to affiliating with Loew's, 
Ackerman and Harris in their coast 
laffttrlcal enterprises had been mat 
ftuccessful. it was on the basis of 

their bus 
year.-, the 



was on 
Desa for the preccdNtsj 

mor^cr with 1,'x^w w"M 
Following the merger 

with tn*.* opening 

State theatres, all 
State, besides 


* n< » Btate, 1k>s 
found a conflict 

of the new 

named Iv ?w's 

I irger War'AeM 

it was 

as to policy and operation between 
the Ackcrman & Harris firm in 
Frisco, which was the Loew coast 
representative, and the Loew home 
offices in New York. 

It was claimed by the western 
men their towns were peculiar to 
themselves, while the eastern Loow 
men argued the western towns were 
no different from the southern or 
eastern cities in the circuit Mean- 
while competing circuits were en- 
tering the western territory, either 
through new theatres or new poli- 
cies. The Orpheum Circuit started 
Orpheum, Ji\s. (Hilrstreet. Los An- 
gcles-CSoldcn Gate, Frisco) and an- 
nounced others, while Pantages 
built a couple of large popular 
priced theatres with various pic- 
ture houses, notably the Granada. 
Frisco, also opening. 

The coast condition became acute, 
calling for centralized and local at- 
tention. It is said Marcus Loew. on 
his recent visit to the wewt, at, the 
time of the opening of the new 
State. Los Angeles, .saw this condi- 
tion that had previously -been pre- 
sented to him through the Acker- 
man & Harris offices. 

Ackerman 8c Harris were agree- 
able to' a return of their former the- 
atres and Loew signified a willing- 
ness to bow out of the coast arm of 
his circuit if suitable terms could be 
made. This lead to preliminary 
negotiations that culminated follow- 

ing the visit here a couple of weeks 
ago of Mr. Ackerman and his 
partner, Sam Harris, who were ac- 
companied by Terry Turner, in- 
terested through A. 8c H. in the 
coa3t chain. MacDonald and Kahn, 
the contractors who built the west- 
ern State theatres, were also of the 
A. & H. party coming to New York. 

The terms of the transfer as re- 
ported are that Ackerman & Harris 
iclinquish their 25 per cent, interest 
each in the Warfield and new State, 
l-ios Angeles, taking over the re- 
mainder of the circuit without a 
bonus and guaranteeing the Loew 
Circuit against all loss through it 
having assumed any construction 
obligation. These terms are said to 
have proven most agreeable to both 
sides. Other than some minor de- 
tails that required adjustment, the 
dissolution deal went through almost 
as originally outlined. 

The Loew Circuit has been pre- 
vious experiences in attempting \o 
operate or book in the west while 
maintaining an eastern circuit, its 
first experience was with the Sul- 
livan-Considine Circuit some years 
ago. When Loew relieved itself of 
the S-C houses, it builf* up the 
Ackerman & Harris firm which took 
over most of the Sullivan-Considine 
theatres. Later Loew in Ngw York 
made a booking connection with the 
Pontages Circuit, Pantages placing 
its New York booking headquarters 


Company Sailed Tuesday — If Successful at Oxford, 
English Cast Will Succeed It — Returning Here 
Late in July 


in the Loew office That also proved 
unsatisfactory- At the time Ix>ew 
severed the Pantages booking rela- 
tions, a similar reason was assigned, 
that acta charging more to play. 
Pantages* western time, increased 1 
their salary for Loew's eastern 

Ackerman & Harris as a firm and 
individually stand very high on the 
coast. They are native sons, astute 
and enterprising showmen, vyho 
erected a name for themselves be- 
fore submerging it with Loew's. 
While ippJymg themselves in the 
past to pop vaudeville and pictures. 
A. & H. handled other amusement 
lines, including muacial comedy and 
legit. Their venture with the Will 
King stock at the Casino San Fran- 
cisco, where it ran for a long time, 
established a theatrical record west 
of Chicago for an attraction Of that 

Mr. Ackcrman left New York Mon- 
day for bis coast home. He had 
nothing to say before leaving ex- 
cepting to state all dealings bad 
been on :i most friendly basis, which 
Marcus Loew confirmed. Bach ex- 
pressed a personal regard for the 
other and said though separated in 
a business way, there would always 
remain a bond of friendship between 
the two circuits. 

Mr. Ackerman added he had had 
no time to consult with bia as- 
sociates regarding policy and book- 
ings, but they would issue an an- 
nouncement upon his return to San 

When operating alone, tAckcrman 
8c Harris maintained a booking 
representative in the Western Vau- 
deville Managers' Association In 
Chicago, besides its own booking 
offices in San Francisco, in charge 
Of Mrs. 1311a Weston. 

Acts playing the Ixiew circuit 
hereafter will be routed south, open- 
ing in Baltimore, winding up the 
southern tour in St. Louis, jump- 
ing from there to Chicago, then 
proceeding into Middle West and 

A Yiddish Producing Managers' 
Association is in the process of 
formation. Charles W. Croll, a local 
Yiddish imprcssario. is the moving 
spirit. At present there aro nearly 
GO Yiddish managers lined up for 
membership, all in some part of .(ho 
metropolis. The out-of-town man- 
agers, which number few compara- 
tively, are expected to follow suit 

The articles of the proposed by- 
laws of the Yiddish organization 
parallel in many respects those of 
the P. M. A. It is being organized 
for mutual protectim to deal with 
the stage bands and Hebrew Actors* 
and other unions When a manager 
has a grievance it will not be pro- 
pounded as an individual claim, but 
through the organization. 


The entire cast, production, 
scenery and staff of Jean Bcdini's 
"Chuckles of 1922." with the excep- 
tion of 12 choristers saited on the 
"Mauretania*' for England, Tues- 

The show will open at the 
Oxford, London, for a six weeks* 
engagement, Monday, June 12. 
"Chuckles*' playing arrangement 
calls for Charles B. Cochran, man' 
ager of the Oxford, to guarantee 
Bedini $3,500 a week during the 
term of the engagement, the show 
00-50 basis over the 

Of opinion 

playing on a 

The invasion of London by Be- 
dini's "Chuckles" marks the first 
instance in English theatricals that 
an American burlesque show of the 
wheel type has made the experi- 

The deal that sent "Chuckles" to 
London was arranged by M. S. 
Bentham. acting for Albeit de Cour- 
ville, who in turn represented Coch- 
ran. He Courville saw the show 
when he was over here several 
weeks ago, liked it and informed 
Cochran when the reached London 
Negotiations by cable followed. is 
announced in Variety last week, .and 
were consummated Friday. 

The principals sailing include 

Dabby Clark and Paul McCullough, 

Jim Buckley. Willy Shu pies, Ed- 
die Bisland. Billie While. Charlie 
Mick. Bmmelt Baker. Harry Biker. 
Aubrey WHIs. Bllljf Beeves, Blaine 
Boasley. Fnuly Bui md Chirlie 

Adicr Mike Zelenke, musical di- 
rector. II my Iloff, property man. 
Harry M Minn, electrician; Mark 
Scanlon, hi (huge of tbe Hon u*< d 

in one of the comedy bits, Ar'hin 

Sanders, manager lean Berlin! md 
Mrs Bed ml ire ilao'jptakias Ibe 

trip Ml IflC "M nn I n& " 
'iHn- six choristers included lii Ine 

silling ro.ld ire Peuy Tr.-voi. 

Cora i>ehtow. Owen Debrow, Olive 

Birt tnd Ma I'irt 
Seymour Pel hi preceded the mow, bo 

sailing Saturday, last, on the "Olym- 
pic." Felt* will secure the other 12 
chorister*, in London, and have 
them trained in the show numbers 
by next Monday, opening day. 

The "Chuckles'* company will re- 
turn to America, July 26. Clark 
and McCullough are scheduled to 
start rehearsals with the new Music 
Box show, and the remainder of the 
company will play on the Columbia 
wheel next season. 

If "Chuckles" catches on in Lon- 
don, an all-English company will 
be recruited, which will continue 
playing the show at the Oxford, 
after the six weeks of the American 
Chuckles'* has expired. This will 
be on an arrangement between 
Cochran and Bcdinl, with the lat- 
ter holding an interest in the Lon- 
don company. 

The sudden decision to send tho 
"Chuckles" company to England 
necessitated special efforts to se- 
cure passports for the members. 
Tbe matlor was placed in the hands 
of Paul T?usig & Son, the steam- 
ship passenger agent, who booked 
tbe lias. age for the company on the 

Tbe firm sent a representative to 
Washington to secure the necessary 
Credentials It was completed with- 
in three days of the regular time 
lor securing passports, two week*. 

TheTausigs also cabled the British 
Department of Labor to secure tbe 
proper labor permits for the c<»m- 
pmy The permits which were to 
hive been Cabled, filled lo arrive 
before the sailing of the steamer 
with t special dispensation granted 
by -tbe .-.tcamship company lo «How 
the company to saal without a 
Bnh.di vise on the passports, 

" is wis illowed with tbe un- 
5 i I ludms* that a British vise of- 
ficii would hoard the steamer prior 

to landing, lo supply the hece u v 

vt.w ifi<r the proper o k had been 
gl uilert by the ihjpsilin^nl of La- 


Involves Coast Houses on Both 

Circuits — Meeting Held But 

No Decision Reached 

The leading lights of the Loew 

and Orpheum circuits have met in 

New York within the week, to dis- 
cuss the probability of reaching an 
understanding as to playing policies 
in coast houses of both crrcuits. 

The theatres involved ore the Or- 
pheum's Golden Gate. San Fran- 
cisco, and Hill Street, Los Angeles, 
both Orpheum, Jr , that play a 
mixed show of vaudeville and pic- 
tures, the same playing policy that 
now prevails at Loew's Stale in the 
lower city, and Warfield, Prisco. 

The proposition is for the Or- 
pheum to withdraw its feature pic- 
tures from each of the Juniors, 
leaving them straight vaudeville, 
and Loew will withdraw vaudeville 
from his two, leaving them straight 
pictures, thereby removing all four 
theatres from opposition to the 
other in their respective cities. 

The plan to eliminate the biggewl 
Opposition in town for c ich circuit 
is said to have emanated from Mar- 
cus Loew. 

If an agreeable action is taken on 
the proposal, it will likely go into 
effect before the end of tbe month. 
In o ; r<'h of the Coast towns the Or- 
pheum has a big time boose op- 

Coast Report Says Chicago 
Booking Headquarters to 
Be Established v 

San Francisco, luue 7. 

Following tho dissolution of tho 
Loew- Ackcrman & Harrb* merger 
with A. & If. resuming direct opera- 
tion of the coast theatres, it is said 
the firm will establish its own 
booming headquarters in Chicago, 
booking from there in conjunction 
with their 'Frisco agency. 

A representative of Gua Sun i* 
now in this city proposing a work- 
ing affiliation between the Sun cir- 
cuit in the middle west and the 
A. A IT. bookings to the coast*. 

Among tho bookings to bo taken 
on by A. & II. are said to be the 
Finklestein & Buben housos in St. 
Paul and Minneapolis, now hooked 
by the western vaudeville agency 
(Lester Bryant) in Chicago of tho 
Shuberts. A. & II. booked thoso 
theatres before merging with Ia>ow 
and when securing their western 
supply through the association in 
Chicago. Finklestein & Hubew are 
reported lo have been apprised of 
the possible dissolution before Ack- 
erman A Harris went east, ' when 
they informed tho partners if tha 
separation occurred, the F. & U. 
theatres could again be placed on 
the A. St II list 

Irving Ackerman will reach hero 
Friday. time, and after 
consultation with Sam Harris, no 
definite statement will be made at 
the A. & II local offices. 



Cabaret Revue Will Have Original 
Vamp in Dark Skin 

Cleopatra was ebony-hued, ac- 
cording to the new all -colored 
cabaret revue, "On tho Nile." to bo 
reproduced Juno 15 by Al Mayor at 
Iteisenweber's, succeeding Mtyer'a 
present floor attraction, "Bandanna 

The writers of the fir«t show v/ill 
arrange the new one, and it is their 
idea of the past about Cleo in color. 


Cfaicago, June 7. 

With Balaban & Katz taking over 
the Uoosevelt, the possibilities be- 
came of the highest for the new Mc- 
Vicker's theatre being established as 
a movie, house. 

Jones. Ltnick 8c Schaefcr will need 
protection for first run pictures, due 
to the turn caused by the new own- 
ers of the Boosevclt. A iron Jones 
is now in New York attending to 
matters which will be of interest to 
the local rrnovie colony upon his re- 

The first contract for the C5ai dn 
l*icr, Atlantic City, opening with 
vaudeville June ?4, booked by Pally 
Maii'.u*. was given Pauline Cook of 

Hie I' me la cobs office for Nat Na- ( 
rurrt, Jr., who will be on •»■ • >pen- 
fng bill. 

Sam Kramrr, the Chicago 3 gent, 
is visiting in New Vork. 


Paris, June 7 
After the 'dentil of O iby Deslys 
her furniture in London was cold by 

Among the objects was the bed- 
room Sdlta, which has now ben 
acquired by 3n American hlui com- 
pany, md will be used for tb<* 
"Block Orchid iceae," a picture in 
which Lewis Stone and Barbar » It 

Man will b • tho protagonists. 

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Friday, June 9, 1922 



■ ■ ■ 

erned by the law of centrifugal 

Quarter Million Behind in Gross So Far — Stretch from Decoration Day to I *>«*, the ban swung by the dime 

*< * ii»«»iir*»l ' allers » °* bowling size, can never 

July 4th Tells Season's Story — New Boardwalk Has Islanders Guessing | hit the vertical wooden pins aimed 
— Tanagra Theatre the Star 

Coney's 1922 getaway, in the ool- 
loquials of Leo Lowenthal, the Isl- 
and's erstwhile delicatesseneer, in- 
surance agent and grand op ra bug, 
is "a hunk of Swiss!" 

So much rain water now In the 
flutes and drumheads of Tilyou's 
sidewalk bnllyhoo that their toot! 
toot! toot! and rum! turn! turn! 
sounds like a Noah's Ark cubist 

Coney is more than a quarter mil- 
lion behind in its take thus far, as 
against other normal Reasons. 
Yawps from the Concourse to Sea 
(late are so Incessant and staccato 
that Harry Tudor says they're fuss- 
ing up the wires of the radio show 
he opens there tomorrow in the old 
fcjtubenbord feed place. 

Officially, Coney's get-away starts 
with Decoration and runs to Labor 
Day. Of late yearn, due to the in- 
creased resident population's hun- 
gry mitt, Surf avenue's stands and 
gimoraok catch pennies get busy as 
early as March and keep after stray 
pesetos until late October. 

Tilyou's begins among the earliest 
and hangs out until the last, with 
an all-year Saturday and Sunday 
maw. Stauch's ditto. Luna, more 
formal, has a mid-May opening as 
a rule, and calls the gan | quits j 
Bhortly after Labor Day. 

Opened oh 13th of May 

The sporting population of Coney 
Is blaming Luna for its succession 
of sky souse parties because it 
opened the season on the 13th of 
May. The hard boiled eggs place no 
stock in this interpretation, but are 
giving all* their time and thinking 
to solving the problem of meeting 
the second rent payments, due 
June 15. Last year's 4th of July 

war, during the regimes of Fred 
Thompson and "Skip" Dundy, a 
Surf avenue Saturday or Sunday 
was a joyous thing, *.. ith the social 
and civic notables of this and other 
countries among visitors attracted 
by the Island producers' fanfares of 
glitter and substance. 

During the war the colors got 
hectic and order went on a- holiday, 
but th i fascination of the bizarre 
was present for any who care for 
that sort of thing. Since the war 
the let -down has been marked. 
None of the days now seem to offer 
anything like the quality of the 
same old crowd. The excited in- 
terest that the carousals, rides, 
parks and myriad catch-penny de- 
vices aroused in grown-ups and 
youngsters still on the kid side of 
the threshold is noted now. rarely. 
The crowds today suggest rather 
participation in an ordered func- 
tion than the old "Let's go!" spirit. 

Prophets Pessimistic 

Trophets there are in plenty to 
tell you that the Island as a holi- 
day Mayfair is gone for good, and 
that its decadence as a laugh spot 
for the universe will be sealed 
shortly when the city's two million 
dollar boardwalk, now under way. is 
completed. The reduced fare, the 
aftermaths of war, visitors' tight- 
ening purses, Volstead inhibitions, 
the passing away of the grand army 
of oldtime showmen who built 
Coney to its eminence, the blue-law 
bathing restrictions and the avarice 
of the Island's merchants are among 
ascribed causes for the degeneracy. 
Surf avenue, in the old days a gay 
avenue of waving pennants, blaring 
bands and ballyhoo cavalcades, is 
now, even on week-end days, a sober 

caught hundreds of Surf avenue's J enough spectacle. Whatever the 
stand men and Bowery dime grab- I chastening processes, the change is 

bers shouting anathemas at land- 
krds for dispossessing them. Not 
less than 100 investors of the same 
get-it-easy tribes will get the mov- 
ing van orders next week, accord- 
ing to present prospects. Unless a 
miracle worker shows to turn off 
the floods, last season's evictions 
will be multiplied before .he third 
payment date, July 4. 

The present situation suggests 
Ted Marks* historic experience at 
the American Roof, New York, 
about 15 years back, when, after 13 
weeks of rain on his open air vaude- 
ville with but fugitive let-ups, he 
decided to quit. "You're not going 
to blow, now! It just simply can't 
rain any more!" said a well-wisher. 
Marks, who had hung t. i until 
everything he owned had been hy- 
pothecated, including his famous 
boutonniere, proffered his adviser 
the keys to the American's airdome 
and said: "Forget it. Remember 

Freak Shows Are Feature 

The outstanding feature of the 
present season's Coney is the way 
the freak shows have started to hog 
the main stems. Within a baseball's 
throw of each other a trio of hu- 
man abnormalities hark for busi- 
ness on Surf avenue within hearing 
of the West Eighth Street police 
keeps, and two make grabs for 
passersby on the Bowery, one at 
the junction of Jones' Walk and 
the alley that the old-time concert 
halls made popular, the other at its 
western terminal near Tilyou's. 

The Island's amusement parks, 
Tilyou's and Luna, offer novelty 
this season only in variants of their 
gate takes. Luna's weekly gate is 
now a dime, with 20 Sat., Sun. and 
holidays. The Tilyou grab is 55. 
which gives combinations including 
what's inside except certain rides. 
The aim of both managements this 
season obviously is to follow a 
course long popular among the re- 
sort's amusement men and general 
purveyors: "Let the other fellow 
spend all he likes to get 'em to 
Coney, and then watch us boost 'em 

Not the Same Coney 

The observer familiar with the 
changing complexions of Coney 
since it was the favorite bailiwick 
of John Y. McKanc not the shad- 
ing off in smartness of not only the 
institutions of the purveyors but 

there for all to see. 

No Dips — Pickpockets 

Among the Island's changing at- 
mospheres for the better is the al- 
most total elimination of the old- 
time dip, or pickpocket. Captain 
George Busby, who knows the Isl- 
and's purlieus as he does New 
York's multiple gallery of illicit 
mugs, has a numerous staff in ac- 
tion on the Island's jam days, and 


old artful dodger grind. The new 
throw-the-balls releases live baby 
porkers that slide down baby chutes, 
a miniature echo of the old-time 
Fred Thompson 90 -foot slides of 
runs to plunge with towering cas- 
cade splashes in the pools at their 

Newest Is Tanagra Theatre 

The newest thing at Coney is the 
Tanagra miniature theatre seen in 
New York at the last Fashion Show, 
offering in hand size human figures, 
by the aid of reductive mirrors, hu- 
man figures in action on a man's 
size stage behind. The Tanagra 
takes a dime and gives several de- 
moded cooch exhibits of young 
women who know how. The show 
isn't for children. 

The Sam Gumpertz Eden Musee, 
alongside his Dreamland freak ex- 
hibit, now has a-rlval situate on the 
old Fred Henderson Surf avenue 
front. At the Gumpertz show the 
featured horror is Landru, the 
French Bluebeard, guillotine and 
everything, and at the Henderson 
spot it's "The Ward Murder Mys- 

Clean -Up of Bowery 
The clean-up of the Bowery so 
far this season Is the bust-the-bal- 
loon-and-win-a-prize stand of the 
Reichenthaler Brothers, across the 
walk from Stauch's. With a 16- 
spot layout, active most of every 12 
working hours on good Saturdays 
and Sundays, the week end take 
scales handsomely. Islanders figure 
the gross daily take on big days for 
the brothers, who, before their ad- 
vent on the Island, owned New 
York hat check concessions, at close 
to $500. Hard-boiled mathemati- 
cians, however, scale the take to 
less than half this, figuring it out 
at a $1.60 take-down every five 
minutes, or something like $200 per 
day, with half this going out for 
the merchandise won, estimated at 
80c. a prize, which bait is half the 
ballyhoo. The other half is freely 
conceded to be the game's barker, 
Dick Martin, Coney's veteran 
shouter, still with a pair of lungs 
and a stentorian delivery guaran- 
teed to shiver plate glass at 20 
paces. The bust-a-balioon gag is 

at because the operator of the game 
shifts it out of range before a player 
starts to swing. A 

And taking it away from the in- 
nocents with even more aplomb 
than the swing-ball gyp are the 
ground-floor griftcrs with the famil- 
iar roll-the-balls-and-win-a-prize- 
when - you - score - a - red - number 
graft. There is a chance that the 
swing-ball operator might have an 
attack of aphasia and forget to 
shift his upright pin, whereby you'd 
win, but the red-number layout 
game doesn't offer you. even this 
percentage, because the operator 
does the counting, and the player is 
breezed along so fast by the count 
that the winner of the Edison ques- 
tionnaire job would go loco if he 
ever tried to keep up with the oper- 
ator's rapid-fire tally. 

Regular visitors to the Island 
have passed up the swing-ball and 
red-number dime crashers, so that 
this season but two swing-ball and 
four red -number layouts are doing 
business. Smoother than any of 
the legitimate ball-rolling games 
offering prizes are the Japanese 
miniature bowling dime catchers. 
The Jap games give a prize to 
(Continued on page 21) 


And His Banjo in Vaudevilh 
Opening Next Week 

Al Reeves will invade vaudeville, 
opening next Monday at Proctor's 
58th St. in his banjo specialty, as- 
sisted by four girls. 

Al's modest billing reads: 

"The World's Pal, Al Reeves — 
Give-Mc-Credit Al and His Banjo." 

Al's opening song mentions the 
names of many stars who have 
played in his shows before becoming 
famous, and has a catch line, "Why 
shouldn't I follow them in these 

Alf Wilton arranged the opening. 

with punishment swift and sure, the I a . three-year-old wheeze for the 
dip bold enough to cross the Bath ******, stand men ' but continues 

Beach or Flatbush deadline is either 
promptly plumped back on a trolley 
headed citywards, or given free 'bus 
ride to the Sheepshead Bay cooler, 
Coney's keep since its own West 
Eighth street jail was condemned. 

The immorality that prevailed in 
the old days when a Raines law 
hotel was a mint is also a thing of 
the past, thanks to the insistent 
surveillance of women fly cops and 
Coney's present cop captain, John J. 

The new boardwalk, it is pre- 
dicted, will cut a giant wedge into 
the land values of the Island. The 
concrete supports are already up, 
running from the Concourse to Ed- 
die Mooney's Atlantic Baths, with 
preparations that promise the com- 
pletion by October of the proposed 
walk 80 feet In width, and coursing 
along the beach west as far as Sea 
Gate. A $10,000,000 drop in Surf 
avenue land values is estimated as 
conservative by Island realty ex- 
perts, who at the same time say the 
promenade will jump Coney's shore 
line property not less than $25,000,- 
000 gross. The walk has resident 
Islanders guessing, those on Surf 
avenue hesitant to sink into leases 
beyond the present year, and those 
holding beach fronts reluctant to let 
go of a foot of the ground until its 
value stabilizes. 

Not Fred Thompson's Luna 

In contrast to the Luna of the 
old Fred Thompson days, today's 
Luna is a joke. A sign of the times 
is offered in the fact that this sea- 
son no crews of preparatory work- 
ers were employed. Another is a 
baby size attempt to copy Steeple- 
chase's moving floor and up-and- a B, the next nearest the player 
down stairways. The good old days libeled 4, and the succeeding rows 
of the Park, originally started by 3 and 2, respectively. Its a brace 

to hold its grip. It replaces the old- 
time miniature prize-winning horse 
race, though operated individually 
in the same way by the players 
revolution of a crank. Wisecrackers 
explain the popularity of the bal- 
loon gag over its predecessors by 
the expectant tension the gamble 
creates in the turners, as they see^ 
their particular rubber sphere3 in- 
flate under their own manipulation. 
For a ten-cent play it gives small 
thrills in plenty when the vari- 
colored containers bulb fatter and 
fatte/, with explosion imminent 
with every added turn of the 
wheels. For what it claims to be, 
the bust-a-balloon thing is O. K. 
There's a bad way and a good way 
to grind the controlling wheels: the 
good way, moderately slow and 
steady; the bad way, fast, serving 
to cut off the air suckci into the 
air tubes by small individual pumps 
underneath the layout boards. 

Scattered along the Bowery's 
half- mile of thoroughfare between 
Jones* Walk and Tilyou's are the 
ball -rolling and ball-swinging dime 
grabbers peculiar to every season, 
with here and there a new twist to 
grabs that seem to offer every- 
thing but really offer nothing but 
the worst of it. One of these i.-; 
shoulder-to-shoulder to t'.e Dick 
Martin prize board, offer. ng prizes 
for rolls counting over 15. The 
thing looks fair enough at first 
blush, in that four balls'are allowed. 
with the player asked merely to 
roll them into holes numbered 2 to 
5, less than an arm's length distant. 
The catch is in the way the holes 
arc numbered, the most difficult or 
last row of holes being tagged with 


The People of the State of New 
York, etc., took judgment for $2,500 
against Arthur P. Buckner, cabaret 
producer and promoter, represent- 
ing a forfeited bond posted by the 
Fidelity & Casualty Co. of New 
York in Buckner's behalf, following 
a mix-up with local authorities on 
a fraud charge. 

Buckner was to have appeared 
for trial last month but did not, ow- 
ing to the fact he is in custody In 
Philadelphia on a subsequent sim- 
ilar charge. 

The trial on the New York charge 
was to have come up in General 
Sessions arising from the allega- 
tions Buckner had sold too many 
quarter interests in an enterprise 
that can only yield four quarters. 


Chicago, June 7. 

Tlnk Humphries, general manager 
of the western Keith office here, 
has been elected mayor of L. Lakes, 
Baldwin, Mich., a theatrical sum- 
mer resort settlement that is being 
developed by Lew Earl, the Chicago 
vaudeville agent. 

Will Cunningham, another Chi- 
cago theatrical celebrity, was elect- 
ed Marshall. 

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Feature Dancer with 


Palace Theatre, Chicago, Indefinitely 
Formerly with "Irene" and 'Broad, 

way Whirl" 


Cincinnati, June 7. 
The second suit against the Pal- 
ace Theatre as a result of the re, 
cent run-in between Billy Dooley, 
comedian, and three girls in the au- 
dience, who, Bill says, interfered 
with his act, was filed in Common 
Pleas Court Monday. The plaintiff 
is Anna Dalton, aged 18, who de- 
mands $5,000 damages through At- 
torney Frank Woodward. 

Attorney Woodward declares that 
since he brought a similar action in 
behalf of Miss Margaret Plucker, 
aged 20, several weeks ago, he has 
received numerous letters from Pal- 
ace Theatre patrons who witnessed 
the controversy and are anxious, to 
testify in favor of the girls. 

Dooley said that the girls were 
"flappers" and insisted on laughing 
at the wrong, times, until finally be 
had to call them down. They were 
ejected from the Palace, the girls 


Winona, Minn., June 7. 
Maxie Gregor (Maxie and Geor- 
gie), of a well-known colored danc- 
ing team, was drowned here yester- 
day afternoon. 

Maxie and Georgie were members 
of George White's "Scandals of 
1921 and 1922," and were appearing 
locally with the production. James 
("Rube") Miller, a comedian with 
the White show, tried to save the 
colored boy and was nearly drowned 

Maxie and Georgie first attracted 
attention last season as a dancing 
team with the "Put and Take"' show* 
an all -colored aggregation that en- 
joyed a New York City run. Fol« 
lowing this the pair went into 
vaudeville appearing on the Sbv- 
bert Circuit. They have been with 
"Scandals" about six weeks, joining 
the show in Boston. 


The franchise holders associated 
with the Affiliated Theatres Corpo- 
ration are to hold a dinner Tues- 
day night. June 20, at the Hotel 
Astor. The dinner will he pre- 
ceded by a meeting and conference 
at which affairs of the circuit will 
be discussed. 

This is the second dinner to be 
held hy the Affiliated since organ- 
ised a couple of months ago, an- 
other being held at the Astor five 
weeks ago. 


Binghamton, N. Y., June T. 

Al Darling, manager of Keith's 
Royal, New York city, and Florence 
Mary Garvey, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Anthony Garvey of Bingham- 
ton, were married June 1 in St 
Patrick's church here. 

After the ceremony, which was 
attended by numerous friends of 
the couple, breakfast was served to 
sixty at the Arlington hotel. MlM 
Olive Garvey, sister of the bride, 
was maid of honor, and George 
Darling, a brother of the bride- 
groom, was best man. 

Among the guests were Edward 
Darling, Keith booking head; Va- 
lerie Bergare (vaudeville), Edgsr 
Allen Woolf, vaudeville author, and 
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Barry (vaude- 

Paul Boynton for hi* aquatics, arc 
further recalled by the new twist 
from the west installed in Luna by 

Of theJr patrons. Before the a concessionaire last year of, the | million-to-onc chance, because, gov- cbjldr'n 

game. But a bolder gyp, still active 
despite its long life at Coney, |m the 

Scit Arjainst Mrs. Murray 
Ada Dirk Rode has 1 rought suit 
111 the New York Supreme Court 
against Mrs. Grace Murray for $50,- 
000 damages for alienation of her 
husband, ^Raymond Rede's affec- 

Mrs. Murray is the wife of Billy 
Murray, the phonograph singer. 
The defendant was eerved in 


The wedding engagement of Rut» 
Budd to Karyl Norman (Creole 
Fashion Plate) haa been dcMnitelf 
cnlled off. 

Mlffl Budd denies her mother w«" 
in any way responsible f 
breaking of the engagement, & n<1 
that it was purely a mutu il agree- 
ment between herself and Mr. Wf" 

swing-ball, which doesn't offer a FYoeport, L. 1. The Kodes have two 


Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Emmctt »** 
placed Lew Hilton at the LinC0» 
Square, New York. Monday, »"J 
latter forced out of the bill «bJe l0 
Illness. ., 

Vivienne Regal through illm*«»£ 
not open at Keith's, PhilnileH*]J| 
for this week. Yvctte Rugel W suD " 
• stituting. 

Friday, June 9, 






le Market in State of Mild Reaction, but Special 
<* Consideration* Govern Amusements — Famous 
Touches 83% — New Bottom for Loew, 15% 

All the amusement stocks de- 
clined, participating in a general 
wtback that ran in a mild way 
through the whole list Tuesday and 
Wednesday. Famous Players touched 
Z bottom of 83*, compared to its 
ton last week of 87%. while Loew 
^nt into i'-w low ground for the 
©resent movement at 15%. Orpheum. 
looked upon as one of the most 
promising of the group Monday 
was traded in as low as 19%. Last 
week it was within a fraction of its 
pest for the year, 21%. Aside from 
the generally easy tone of the mar- 
ket, which had its effect, there 
seemed to be no broad influence at 
work among the amusements. Each 
was governed by individual consid- 

Goldwyn Deadlock 
Goldwyn also was off, but that 
fctock is in strong control and fluc- 
tuations were narrow, top at 8%, 
bottom at 7%. The deadlock be- 
tween Samuel Goldwyn and com- 
pany interests over Gold wyn's hold- 
ings is still on and his block of 
Btock, estimated at between 60,000 
and 100,000 shares, hangs as a cloud 
over the issue. Two stories are in 
circulation. One is that Goldwyn 
refused the company's offer of 10 a 
share and the other is that Goldwyn 
made that offer and the company 
declined to deal on the terms of- 
fered. The effect is much the same 
either way, since it means a tug 
of war between buyer and seller and 
not a friendly contest by any means 
In this case. A statement was pub- 
lished, doubtless emanating from the 
home office, showing that more than 
$1,500,000 o* the 8 per cent, convert- 
ible notes had been taken care of 
and only about $250,000 remained 

As far as known Goldwyn's pres- 
ent outstanding obligations amount 
to only the 600,000 shares of com- 
mon stock. It is stated there is no 
paper out in notes or preferred 
stock except in bank loans, and cur- 
rent assets (cash and inventory) are 
sufficient to cover these. The state- 
ment referring to the 8 per cent, 
notes said "the financial committee 
has issued a notice to holders of Its 
two-year 8 per cent, convertible 
notes announcinng that the corpo- 
ration had elected to exercise its 
right to call and redeem, subject to 
right of conversion on or before July 
5 $250,000 face value of the notes at 
101 and interest. The redemption 
date is July 10. 

'The original issue was $1,788,400 
and to data $805,000 of them have 
been converted and cancelled, $232,- 
000 purchased in the open market 
And surrendered to the trustee for 
cancellation and $250,000 called and 
redeemed May 3." 

Famous Pool Halted 
The effect of this move, of course, 
ought to be favorable to the stock, 
but the future is full of many pos- 
sibilities, good and bad. from a 
speculative standpoint. The pool or 
the company may elect to keep 
prices low to force Goldwyn's hand, 
or it may take the opposite course 
by running the price up to the 
point where Goldwyn Is ready to 
liquidate. Goldwyn, in the ab- 
sence of pool acquiescence, could 
scarcely sell out so large a block 
anywhere near the top except by 
private transaction. The Goldwyn 
•ales would immediately break the 
price. Even if he did accomplish 
*n open market sale such scattered 
holdings could sooner or later be 
shaken out by pool operators at 
moderate prices. 

The new Famous Players pool ap- 
peared to have run into a snag. 
The stock was progressively weak 
jrom Monday on touching its bot- 
tom Wednesday in the early trad- 
es. The situation appears to be 
that the swift bull drive of Monday 
and Tuesday a week ago (in two 
Gays trading 25.000 shares were re- 
Ported . i prices up to 87 y 8 ) attract- 
ed such a horde of speculative trail- 
* r 8 that a drastic setback was 
fleemed i ..,., Ssary t0 sna kc them off. 
it may (jo t | vit s t ( ,p 8 W cre reached 
JJ 1 .'•'' way down to accelerate the 
jechnc. hi any e vent there prob- 
JWj was a coi. deraUe shake-out 
f small, weak accounts. Now that 
fese have been cleared away when 
e rr i of the marf^-* resumes the 

advan S, Famous Players ought to 
be In a good position for additional 
progress. Basically the company is 
said to be in a better position than 
at any time within three years. 
Curiously enough there was an al- 
most entire absence of dealings in 
the senior issue which was no more 
than steady. 

Situation in Loew 

Loew was progressively weak to 
the Wednesday bottom of 15%. 
There seems to bo nothing really the 
matter with Loew except its Lroad 
ramifications. Its last statements 
(Continued on page 10) 



Goldwyn's Favorable Agreement with First National 
— Profits for Years to Come Guaranteed — Godsol 
Demonstrates Financial Genius 


The complaint against Paul Allen, 
arrested about 10 days ago when 
It was alleged he attempted to cash 
a forged check at the Chatham - 
Phoenix bank, was adjourned in the 
West Side Court until Thursday 

No complaining witnesses ap- 
peared and the bank was unable to 
testify without its client. 

Allen is out on bail. 



Joseph B. Verdi (Clark and 
Verdi) to Bessie M. Gaby, at Se- 
attle, May 19. Mrs. Verdi was for- 
merly Mrs. Frank Gaby, and was 
granted a divorce from her first 
husband in New York City July 12, 

Irving Beitel to Phyrne Peppard 
(non-professional), June 2, at Des 
Moines. Mr. Beitel Is at Rlvervlew 
nark, that city. He was formerly 
treasurer of the Des Moines Or- 
pheum (vaudeville). 

Abigail Murphy (Amalgamated 
Agency) to Nick Shulte (non-pro- 
fessional) in New York, June 4. 

John Clark, erstwhile balloonist 
and parachute jumper, giving his 
age as 43, and Lillian M. Raymond, 
18, of Burrville, were married at 
Watertown, N. Y., June 5. The 
couple broke into the papers Satur- 
day, when there was a threatened 
court move, due to the objections to 
the wedding made by the girl's 


A Ray of Western Sunshine, who 
will finish a successful tour of the 
Orpheum Circuit next week (June 
12) at the State-Lake, Chicago. 
Under the personal direction of 



Dorchester, Mass., June 7. 

A detail of policemon stopped the 
operation of all wheels of chance 
Monday night at the field day cele- 
bration held jointly by Charles S. 
Hammond Post, American Legion, 
and Dorchester Post, Veterans of 
Foreign Wars, on Franklin Field, 
Dorchester. The wheela were the 
property of a carnival company 
which staged the event. 

A permit for the use of the field 
was obtained from the park de- 
partment, but the permit stated that 
the users must abide by the park 
regulations. It was on account of 
this that the wheels, spun when a 
certain number of ten-cent chances 
had been sold, were stopped by the 
police. The proceeds of the field 
day will be used to aid disabled war 

•'Pomp and Circumstance," pro- 
duced by Sir Alfred Butt, will open 
tomorrow (Thursday) at the Duke 
of York's as listed. 

The Lord Chamberlain issued a 
statement he had not banned the 
performance because of a bedroom 
scene in It, but had requested no 
Indelicacy be permitted in that 

The show's press department 
hopped onto the Lord Chamberlain's 
request by announcing the piece 
would not be presented, as the 
author had refused to delete the 
scene the Lord Chamberlain ob- 
jected to. It was this press work 
that brought about the Lord Cham- 
berlain's statement, for further pub- 



Lynn, Mass., June 7. 

After suing her mother-in-law for 
$25,000 for alienation of her hus- 
band's affections and living apart 
from him for several months, Mrs. 
Evelyn C. Ropes, 23-year-old wife 
of Lawrence G. Ropes, has effected 
a reconciliation and the couple are 
again living together at the New 
York home of his parenta Mrs. 
Ropes was formerly a vaudeville 

Mrs. Ropes' alienation suit has 
been settled by agreement with 
judgment for the defendant. It Is 
said that the young Mrs. Ropes 
told a sensational story of her life 
with young Ropes, who Is 27 years 

Loew's Boulevard theatre In the 
Bronx put on a new extra attrac- 
tion last week in the form of a 
**Flapperfl , Contest." 
■ Young girls of the neighborhood 
were allowed to compete, walking 
across the stage something In the 
manner of models, with the audi- 
ence judging the winner through 
the volume of applause. 

The contest is said to have ex- 
cited quite some local interest. It 
became a business getter through 
friends and admirers of the different 
young women attending each con- 


Leo Beers, who was to have 
opened June 5 at the Victoria-Pal- 
ace, London, has had the time set 
back one year. The pianist will sail 
July 4 on the "Aquitania" for a va- 
cation In Paris and Berlin. 

William Gaxton and the Cameron 
Sisters sail July 4 on the "Aqui- 
tania" for London. Mr. Gaxton 
opens at the Victoria-Palace July 
17 In "Kisses," his vaudeville turn. 
The Cameron Sisters open the same 
dato in the supper room at the Hotel 

Goldwyn stock Is to be quoted 
in the "big board" (Stock Exchange) 
within SO days, according to those 
on the inside of the Goldwyn plans. 
At the recent directors' meeting it 
is reported a statement had been 
furnished the New York Stock Ex- 
change which is said to have re- 
garded It favorably. Up to now, 
Goldwyn has been traded on the 

The arrangements made by Gold- 
wyn with First National exhibitors 
is more than an affiliation. So fa- 
vorable Is tho agreement that to- 
gether with clover financing the 
outlook for Goldwyn is believed to 
be the most promising of the big 
picture corporations. 

Tuesday advertisements in the 
dailies provided the last call for 
notes to bo retired. There had beon 
$1,700,000 due on notes January 1, 
1923. It is claimed that every bit 
of outstanding paper had been 
brought in and that Goldwyn now 
has $880,000 as a surplus In bank, 
without a dollar in bills payable 
against It. The company had built 
a surplus of $1,200,000 to protect Its 
notes. Only part of that sum was 
used, notes being retired by the 
Issuance of treasury stock. 

The deal with First National is 
regarded as guaranteeing Goldwyn 
profits for years to come. First 
National guarantees Goldwyn $450,- 
000 per year as against 50 per cent 
of the profits on the pictures to be 
made and turned over to First 
National. The latter Is to finance 
the 20 film productions which Gold- 
wyn guarantees as the minimum 
number during the year. 

There are 600.000 shares of Gold- 
wyn outstanding, with no bonds nor 
preferred stock. It is predicted 
that one-half the profits will more 
than make up tho $450,000 guaran- 
tee and that the stock will pay at 
least a dollar a share at the end of 
tho first year. The further economy 
of the affiliation may be judged 
from tho distribution expense of 
$20,000 weekly which will be lopped 
off Goldwyn's operating outlay. The 
arrangement between Goldwyn and 
First National Is for 10 yoars. 

Frank J. Goldsol Is credited with 
having made over the Goldwyn 
corporation. Those interested with 
him say his management of the 
company's affairs, the deal with 
First National and the retirement 
of the notes demonstrated financial 
genius. Godsol invested about 
$200,000 In Goldwyn several years 
ago. At the time he Is said to have 
regarded It as a flyer. Later he bo- 
came Interested in picture produc- 
tion possibilities and for the past 
two years has devoted his entire 
time to building up Goldwyn and 
Is In control of the corporation. 

Several time*, Godsol and Samuel 
Goldwyn clashed, the latter Anally 
resigning as the head of the cor- 
poration. Goldwyn is said to owa 
€0,000 shares of stock. He was of- 
fered $10 a share for the stock at 
the recent directors' meeting, but 
refused to sell. 

In addition to Godsol and Gold- 
wyn, those known to own targe 
blocks of stock are the Du Ponts. 
Lee Shubert, the Selwyns, Sam H. 
Harris, officers of the Chase Na- 
tional Bank and Eli Bernhelmer of 
the Columbia bank. 


Los Angeles, June 7. 

It Is reported Ellen Terry Boyle 
Is to leave David Schooler's act 
(this week at the local Orpheum) 
in July to become the wife of a 
physician of Dayton, Ohio. 

The engagement of tho couple has 
been known by members of the 


Who Is scoring a pronounced hit in the character comedy role that of a wealthy widow in 




The rights and production of "As 
You Were" have been secured by 
.Icnie Jacobs for a tabloid version 
to be used M an afterpiece with 
the Jacobs Shubert vaudeville unit 
noxt season. 

P.«rt Baker has been signed for 
ihe lonle Jacobs unit for uext sea- 











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1 New Clause Says Artists Must Appear in Afterpiece 
or Revue When Called Upon Without Extra 

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■ • i 


In the contracts now being Issued 
hy tho Orpheum circuit for next 
season is a new clause, to the effect 
that artists engaged to do their 

. acts in Orpheum theatres must ap- 
pear .in. any afterpiece or revue 
called* for by the theatre, without 
extra compensation. 

There have been reports off and 
on for some weeks that the Or- 
pheum intended to send out unit 

. shows next season. It is accepted 
as indicative of : that purpose that 

..the revue clause has been inserted, 

•» though from all accounts the Or- 
pheum has made no positive plans 
. . . to book a regular number of unit 
(intact) bills. The Orpheum pror 
grams touring In "the west often re- 
main together for several wteks 

• on the trip. ' , 

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Chicago Firm Operating Its Five 


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Plimmor Has Nearly Three Weeks 
in Northern New York 

Pop Vaudeville Houses 

1 • Chicago, June 7. 

H. Sehoenstadt & Sons, a' firm 
which operates "five theatres on 
1 'the south side of Chicago, is now 
located in new offices which take 
up the entire second floor of the 
building at 118-120 Michigan boule- 
vard. It is announced that all 
of the theatres operated by the 
'firm will remain open all 'summer 
without change in the present 
policy, vaudeville and pictures. The 
quintet comprises Atlantic, Brigh- 
ton Park, Archer, Verdi, Falneld 
and Boulevard. 

The Schoenstadts are pioneers In 
popular priced theatres 
side. Harry Blaundln 
with the firm on an* off for yeau, 
books the vaudeville 

. t 

Walter Plimmer, specialist In 
booking New York up-State split 
weeks, has lined up nearly three 
weeks of one- and two-night vaude- 
ville stands, all in .summer .resorts 
on or near the.St. Lawrence river. 
All play a five-act bill. and a picture, 
figuring around $1,000. PlMnmer 
b.ooks the "circuit" on a percentage 
of the gross. Ho says that as the 
vacation season approaches takings 
ftave increased in the smaller stands 
from as low as J110 a night to as 
high as $290. 

The chain consists in part of Fort 
Plain, N. Y.; the Linton, Little Falls 
(two. nights, Friday and Saturday); 
Oouverneur, Strand, Ogdqnsburg 
(two).; Star, Pottsdam, Strand, 
Massena; Grand,. Malone ;(two); 
Clinton, Plattsburg. (two); Palace, 
Tupper Lake; Ideal, Chateau Gay; 
Playhouse, Ticonderoga. To these 
will be added the first week In July 
the Auditorium, Alexandria Bay. 
and. the Opera house, Clayton. 

The chain will run all summer If 
business holds up. J. S. Burn- 
ham's Cortland, Cortland. II. Y., Is 
scheduled to run all summer. So is 
the Grand, Johnstown, owiied by 
Charles Scsonske. Both play five- 
act bills. 

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l Friday,, June 9, 1923 

stiuteRT Vaudeville 

t < 


were liberally giyen out at the 
son's start. 

Ingenue /with "Molly Darling" 

Palace Theatre, Chicago,. 

Formerly Prima Donna! fwith 



Business Stimulator for Great- 
er N. Y. Theatres— J i J. 
Murdook's Idea 

Shubert vaudeville will begin Its 
second season Sept. 18. Vaudeville 
under the direction of the Shuberts 
has accomplished more than any 
other, .opipesed, big timjc policy, has 
yet attained. "Advanced Vaudeville" 
i|nder'Klaw & -Erlaijg^dr. lasted frbm 
Labor Day until mid-winter, the," 
was completely absorbed by the 
Keith interests. William Morris en- 
gineered his big time circuit for a 
season, thereafter continuing with 
two houses for part of a . second 

The Shuberts talked of entering 
vaudeville for ten years on and off, 
even though during that period they 
were mo9t prolific in the producing 
of legitimate attractions, and at the 
same 'time prohibited from playing 
vaudeville by the K. & E. settle- 
ment agreement, In which they 
Joined. They were interested in the 
excursion of k. & E. in .big time 
vaudeville, though only in a finan- 
cial way. Tho Shuberts have been 
big holders of Lobw dlrcuit stock for 
many years,' but hot actively con- 
cerned. * ' ' % 

,., Those middle western interests 
.(Rhinbck-Coxj gave tho Shuberts^ a 

good deal of t , business information 

about big time vaudeville and they 

have continually kept their hand in, 

the actual presentation of vaiide 

vijje 'by 'means of the Sunday con- I week. Shubert vaudeville policy. 




San Francisco, June 7. 
Two former leading women of the 
Alcazar tare making their debut in 
on the south local vaudeville houses, here next -"™ ^JJJ ™ VecVive ~a "pViie "5 
, associated Sunday. | $500 from the Keith offlcc> , 

l^ancy Fair opens at Pantages in a 

A special "competition week" to 
stimulate business during the hot 
spell will be lnaugurat , * in all of 
the Keith and Moss houses in 
Greater New York, starting June 12. 

certs that started with the Winjter 
Garden, New York. That , expanded 
to three or four other houses. 

Congressman J. H. RhinocK, heav- 
ily interested in Shubert theatrical 
activities, is ajso a big investor in 
Keith, theatre properties, ...Hhinock 
believed the Shubert vaudeville plan 
inimical to his vaudeville Holdings 
and has steadily held off from par- 
ticipating. His views may have 
changed in light of the new unit 
idea for shows to be given next sea- 

Development of a split week book 
ing department was never attained]! 
though it was attempted in Chica*? 
The Shubert . Exchange explain*! 
tho* Chicago office was never pron, 
erly organ iied becatrge it was not 
Under the /supervision of the Shol 
berts. The Chicago branch or afJ 
filiation, as it was later termed, did 
book about ten. .weeks, with' thai 
Cadillac Detroit, proving tho beat 
of the flock. For next season the 
Shubert Exchange intends a C&i, 
cago branch, which will be under 
the direction of JKJein... Lester Bry, 
ant; now t operating, the ChicagI 
booking affiliated office with the 
Shuberts, may or may not. continue 
that, connection, 

.If.- • i i : i 

The second season • of Shubert 
vaudeville, that of 19£2*2I, will be' 
gin .with 3« full woek stands (s un * 
day opening- houses start Sept. 17) 
with ,the affiliated bookings to be 
spoked Into tho wheel or circuit 
later. t) New York is to have two 
houses in the Times square zone, to 
he chosen -from the, 44th Street 
Garden and Lyric, and. there is to be 
one uptown house. The Chicago 
stand next season. will be the Oar- 
rick and in that city also there will 
be. a. neighborhood, house with a full 

The house managers in each house 
will submit their ideas of an ideal 80l >' for tnat s ^ e ot entertainment 
vaudeville bill to the bookets. who £ regarded also aa an invasion- ot 
will endeavor to line up the roquui-1 
ite acts, in keeping .with the 1 salary 
limit. Novelty features, conceived- 
by the house managers will also be 
played up, . # . 

, Tho manager offering the most 
interesting and successful show for 

Chicago, June 7. 

J. C. Matthews, manager of the 
I#oew office in Chicago, is grand 
marshal of Medlnah Temple's fa- 
mous Arab patrol, which will be one 
of the prize organizations in the 
Shriner parade which is to be held 
at San Francesco this month. The 
Chicago delegation leaves for San 
Francisco June 8. There will be 70 
men in the military band, 20 men in 
the Oriental band, 50 chanters, 250 
men in the battalion, of four com- 
panies and 30 officers of the divan, 
fro in. potentate down. . Altogether, 
there will be 900 men and 4EiQ women 
in the delegation. ; . 

The trip will mean 14 days in 
Pullmans, of which only four days 
will be at i San Francisco. En. route 
to California, the train will slop at 
Cheyenne, Wyo., for ten hours, 
where a genuine roundup, is- prom- 
ised, m i 


Musical Comedy Co. for Honolulu 
.. «, ... • San Francisco, Jujne 7. 

Irene West has. arrived in San 
Francisco from Honolulu to engage 
members for a musical comedy com- 
pany that she will take to the 
Hawaiian Islands, sailing June 16. 

. Avon, Watertown, N. Y„ after 
four weeks' engagement of the Billy 
Allen musical comedy stock. Re- 
suming split week vaudeville in 
the fail. 

Duchess, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., 
first week in July. 

Grand, Auburn, N. Y. (J. S. Burn- 
ham), playing split week.- 

single with her own pianist. She 
has a melange of songs, comedy' and 
dramatic Incidents entitled "Bits 
From Hits." 

Elwyn Harvey, former star of 
Frederick Belasco's road production | 
of his brothers "Daddies," is to 
open at the Hippodrome ih "His 
Last Battle," a' comedy' dramatic 
sketch 'of the prize ring' by Walter 
A. Rivers, former drama! i« editor of 
the San Francisco' Bulletin^ Miss 
HarVey is supported by Ethan Allen 
and Charles Gregg. 

J. J. Murdock is tho originator of 
the idea, and will bo one of the 

Features will be an. "All Magie and 
Mystery" bill at the Rogeht first 
half; all-girl bill last half; Inter- 
national bill at Flatbuah, Brooklyn; 
-Old Home Week at Fordham; Circus 
Week, Hamilton; All-comedy at 
Coliseum; Carnival Week, Jefferson; 
Blue Ribbon Week, Broadway; All- 
Italian Bill at Proctor's 123th street. 



The Garden Pier theatre, Atlantic 
City, wiil open Juno 24. The policy 
of the house will be night perform- 
ances, with matinees only Satur- 
day, Sunday and Wednesday/, The 
bills will open there Sunday, after 
the first week. The opening night 
is Saturday and the first show will 
remain 'eight days. 

Lew Payton booked the first turn 
tot ' the opening bill, placing the 
Klein Brothers with Fally Markus. 
Irene Franklin is listed to headline, 
with Nat Nazzaro, Jr., a feature. 





MifCs, Scranton, closes Saturday. 
The coal, striko was instrumental 
in necessitating the closing, j 

Conmos, Washington, D. C. dis- 
continues vaudeville for the sum- 
mer, June 18. ' 

Fox's Albemarle, Brooklyn, closed 
June 4. The Albemarle Ih the first 
of tho local- Fox* houses 'to < lose 
for the isummer. < 

Plaza, -V HrJdgepert, and i Bijou, 
New Haven, Conn., will close for 
the summer, June 10. 

The Plaza, ^ Worcester, Mass., 

closing June 17. 


Three of the Walter Rcade (Ro- 
senberg) houses placed in the Keith 
office last week are being booked by 
Walter Kemp, of the Keith family 

The houses are: Capitol, Trenton. 
N.' J.; Stale. New Brunswick, N. 
J., and Main Street, Asbury Park, 

n. J. •■'•"■; 

Tho Hippodrome, Cleveland, re- 
ported ;is ■fated for a pop vaude- 
ville pottcy; will remain temporarily 
on the books of Jack Dempsey, Keith 

middle western booker. 


Chas. A. Wilson is recovering 
from his illness at the Norwegian 
Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Bill McCaffney, assistant to Jack 
Dempsey, the Keith booker, was 
operated on Friday (June 2) at the 
Eye, Ear and Nose Hospitdl, New 
York. He returned to his desk Mon- 

LIgon Johnson, counsel for the .In- 
ternational Theatrical Managers, 
Inc., entered Miss McKay's sani- 
tarium Tuesday for a throat: opera- 
tion Including the removal of bis 

Jack Ryan has temporarily taken 
over Bob Nelson's specialties in the 
Mclntyre and Heath show. "Red 
Pepper." Nelson left the cast after 
Saturday night because of illness. 
He will return after a period of re- 

Mae McDermott, secretary to Wil- 
liam B. Sleeper, Keith executive, 
was stricken with a heart attack 
Sunday and removed to Bellevue 
hospital, New York, where she is 
confined in a serious Condition. Lit- 
tle hope for her' recovery is held 
out. Miss McDermott has been with 
the Keith office for eight months. ' 

.Male Orchestra at Fifth Avenue 

An all-male orchestra-. will be In- 
st ailed In the -Fifth Avenue, New 
York, June 19. The house has had 
several women musicians in the pit 
slnee the muUenns' walkout sev- 
eral months a«o. 


Rich.vd 1 nrutt, title role in "Tho 
b'ool," by Chaphlng Pollock. Pre- 
sented by the S« lWyns next season. 

Wilfred Young, With "Letty i'ep- 

pei 1 .' > ' ' • 

Ruby Howard, Max Ford's Ro- 
vue; Almii.i UessimiH, "Oh, Duko." 

Jane Richardson with "Spices of 


Grace Sheehan, songs. 

Harry K. Morton and Zellnh Rus- 
sell are to re-enter vaudeville dur- 
ing the summer. 

Billy Gaston and company in a 
comedy sketch. 

James Kennedy and company in 

Gladys Burgette, assisted by 
Georgia Sands at the piano. 

Jack Roseleigh", in a comedy 
sketch with two people. 

The Clinton, Plattsburg, has start- 
ed vaudeville, playing five acts the 
last half of each week, booked by 
Fally Markus. The house will use 
tho Markus unit shows playing the 
Northern New York towns. 


season, talk of Shubert 
vaudeville becoming a fact 1 became 
"hot' and "cold" almost weekly. 
Tho reason for that was the chang- 
ing .ideas of showmen who became 
interested in Shubert .vaudeville 
and then withdrew. , It was finally 
decided between the brothers that 
Lee Shubert was to take charge of 
the vaudeville plunge, with J. J. 
Shubert handling ail musical pro- 
ductions. For a time it looked as 
though William Fox would be a 
factor ih the then proposed Shu- 
bert vaudeville. , . The agreement 
bringing Fox in was all but signed,' 
one of the Fox . partners changing 
his mind at the last minute. The 
Mastii.'ium interest's of Philadelphia 
were also supposed to have been 
ready to sign up. but withdrew. Re- 
ports of the pending deals leaked 
out, resulting' in stories and contra- 
Stories of the Shubert' plans. 

,' Finally, in June, just » year ago, 
contracts for Shubert vaudeville 
were issued, Lee Shubert signing 
most of the contracts himself, thus 
Infusing confidence, in players book- 
ed and others that the new circuit 
was an actuality-. The issuance of 
the first, contracts followed daily 
conferences over a Deriod of seven 
months' between Lee Shubert and 
Arthur* Klein, who was selected as 
the executive manager and booker 
of the Shirbert circuit. Shubert and 
Klein/ in addition to formulating 
the policy of the new chain, made 
many out-of-town points to finally 
select the houses which comprised 
the new Shubert circuit. ■ The Shu- 
bert Vaudeville Exchango (booking 
office) was established and started 

September 19 last saw the inau- 
gural of Shubert vaudeville. On 
that date the 44th -Street, New 
York; Majestic, Boston; Shubert- 
Crescent, Brooklyn; Detroit Opera 
House, Detroit; Euclid Ave., Cleve- 
land, and the Chestnut Street 
Opera House, Philadelphia, opened 
with the new big time vaudeville 
offering. The next Monday (Sept. 
26), seven additional stands were 
swung into the circuit, the premieres 
on that day being tho Shubert, 
Pittsburgh; Winter Garden, New 
York; Apollo, Chicago, Kialto, New- 
ark; Liberty, Dayton; Shubert- 
Bclasco, Washington, and Academy, 
Baltimore. Springfield, Mass., which 
was to have been a 11th week, was 
neXer started regularly. That city, 
however, Was supplied with Shu- 
bert vaudeville several times during 
the season. Tho new big time was 
also intermittently presented in 
Buffalo; Cincinnati, New Haven, 
Hartford, Atlantic City and To- 
ronto. Scarcity of legitimate book- 
ings afforded openings for the 
vaucTevillo and the books were kept 
from becoming jammed* over the 
"30 weeks in 24" contracts which 


The booking and pooling combin*. 
Uon affected between the Shubertt 
and A, L. Erlanger has permitted a 
rearrangement of houses to change 
from road attractions to vaudevlllt 
next -season. The < Colonial, Chi- 
cago, had been named' to get Shu- 
bert vaudeville, it having been de- 
cided that a change from the Apollo 
was definite. In the' case Of Pitta- 
burgh, the Nixon, heretofore an Er- 
langer theatre, will play Shubert 
vaudeville. The switching in that 
city has taken in three houses, the 
Duquosne having bueen tried after 
the original opening at the Shubert 
Ip Cleveland Shubert vaudeville 
changed over from the Euclid Ave- 
nue to the Ohio, the latter also aa 
Erlanger house. Other Erlanger 
houses may also be selected for Shu- 
bert vaudeville, it beihg necessary 
under the new legit booking idea to 
eliminate some houses which have 
been playing xoad shows. 

The idea of unit vaudeville shows; 
a combination of condensed revuei 
and vaudeville or olio as it was 
originally termed, was worked out 
by the Shubert Exchange. Under 
tho unit plan, the economy to play- 
ers was believed attractive. Then 
are no railroad fares to be paid by 
the actors and rehearsals are done 
away with. There were 12 such 
unit shows tried during the season, 
At first the scheme, worked badly. 
There was talk of doing away with 
the units and resorting to straight 
bookings. But during the winter 
the weaknesses in the unsuccessful 
units made for working out the 
idea and it began, to prove popu- 
larly, as shown by the box office 

i About this time a . departure hi 
burlesque ranks occurred. I. H. Bert 
and several other burlesque pro- 
ducers started paying attention to 
the unit show plan and saw the 
possibilities of It. Herk declared 
himself out of the Columbia-Amer- 
ican burlesque coterie. With his 
associates, there was then formed 
the Affiliated Theatres . Corporation, 
with the Shuberts. Herk attracted 
from the Columbia fold Barney 
Gerard, Max Spiegel, Jack Singer 
and Arthur Pearson. From tb« 
American ranks were drawn ths 
Butler Estate (St. Louis), O. % 
Gallagher, E. T. Beatty, Jack ReiA 
and Henry Dixon. The unit show 
idea appealed to other interests 
now named as franchise holders. la 
total the managers identified with 
Shubert unit vaudeville are a fos* 
ing of burlesque and vaudeville in* 

Tho feeling expressed by all the 
franchise owners is that the un Jt 
show idea is not ah experiment- 
that there is a public demand tat 
tho combination of girl show and 
vaudeville at $1 top".. Tho construc- 
tion of the" type of show is a revue 
or more properly termed condensed 
musical show, with five standard 
vaudeville acts, the latter makln* 
up the first section' of the show a 8 
a rule. That the pfan HBpe** t( J 
other vaudeville interests j» wc 
founded and it will rW. be surpria* 
ing to see other circuits using 
units, to some extent at least, n°*j 
season, particularly at opposed 
points .Tho tltttor" circuit s, n° w " 
ever, have rid plans for ft' ■■•]■.■ rall* jn » 

shows atom? tin fault '!n<:<. 

The hrst year of Shubert vaude^ 
vine was Inaugurated In i Hra 

that proved t»> . wor.-t in >• |,H - 
(Cor 4 ' .-rf on najre 21) 


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Friday, June 9, 1922 


Put Over Coup at Annual Meeting — Irons 9 Aged 
Resignation Did It — Beatty Succeeds Him — 
Henry P. Dixon, Now Trustee 

The annual stockholders' meeting 
of the American Burlesque Associa- 
tion was held Friday, June 2, at the 
American Burlesque ofllces in the 
Columbia theatre building. 

A meeting of the "voting trust" of 
the American, held prior to the 
stockholders' meeting, resulted in 
the acceptance of the resignation of 
.Warren B. Irons and the election of 
B.. Thomas Beatty to succeed him. 
Henry P. DixOn was elected as a 
trustoe, giving the American Bur- 
lesque faction, headed by I. II. Ilork, 
control of the board by six votes to 

The stockholders* meeting, called 
later, ratified the trust elections*, 
following which President I. II Herk 
adjourned the meeting. A now pres- 
ident will in all probability bo 
'elected by the board of trustees, 
speculation mentioning Ham Levy of 
Detroit and George Gallagher, sec- 
retary of the American Circuit. 

The meeting developed into a bat- 
tle of politics. Herk sprung a .sur- 
prise by digging up the resignation 
of Irons, tendered three years ago, 
when the voting trust was organ- 
ized. At that time Judge Muller of 
Cincinnati, P. Carey and George 
Gallagher were the trustees, repre- 
senting the Columbia Circuit fac- 
tion. Herk, who had Just succeeded 
to the presidency of the American 
Circuit, was represented by himself, 
Sam Levy and Warren Irons (dam- 
age & Irons), western stock bur- 
lesque producers, who came into the 
'American Circuit with Hoik's crowd. 
According to tho story, Herk's 
friends advised him to secure the 
resignation of Irons as a protection 
against the Columbia interests. 
Irons wrote out his resignation, 
which was turned over to Levy, to- 
gether with the resignations of Herk 
and himself (Levy). They were 
placed in Levy's safe and forgotten, 
until recently, when Herk got in 
touch with Levy in Detroit over the 
long distance phone, advising him to 
attend the American meeting and to 
bring Irons' resignation along. 

When the voting trust arrived at 
jthe American headquarters, it was 
suggested a preliminary meeting of 
the votmg trust be held. This was 
agreed to by Herk. Judge Herk 
nominated himself. P. C#rey, George 
Peck, Charles Franklin and George 
E. Lothrop as trustees. Herk on a 
straw vole found Irons voting for 
the Muller ticket He and Lecy 
.using powers invested in the original 
voting trust, thereupon accepted 
Irons' resignation and elected 
Beatty his successor. Dixon was 
also elected following, to succeed 
Lothrop. This was possible follow- 
ing the acceptance__of_ the Irons 
resignation, as Gallagher, originally 
listed as one of tho Columbia's trus- 
tees, was a Herk man, giving the 
latter a four to two majority. 

The stockholders' meeting was 
railed immediately after and con- 
ducted minus the presence of sev- 
eral of the Columbia men who had 
departed following the production of 
the Irons resignation and its accept- 
ance. The meeting was conducted, 
with the Columbia trustees arriving 
as the meeting concluded. 

It was said Leon Laski of the 
Columbia legal forces Is to test the 
legality of the proceedings in the 


Gerard's Show Still Running in 
Boston— $7,200, Third Week 

. Last week but two Columbia wheel 
shows and houses Were playing. 
"Chuckles of 1922" at Hurtig & Sea- 
mon's, and Barney Gerard's 'Follies 
of the Day" at the Gaycty, Boston. 
"Chuckles" got about $4,800 and the 
"Follies" did $7,200 in the third week 
at Boston. 

The departure of "Chuckles" for 
Engtaud Tuesday loaves but one Co- 
lumbia show, "The Follies," operat- 
ing this week. The run of the "Fol- 
lies" in Boston is indefinite. Tho 
show will stay as long as business 
keeps above the $5,000 mark. It is 
possible that the "Follies" may come 
into New 1 York for an engagement 
at the Columbia should the gross 
drop below $5,000 in Boston. The 
Columbia otherwise will remain 
dark until reopening the latter part 
of August with the regular wheel 

Last week the "Follies" had the 
Sells-Floto circus as opposition in 
Boston, and this week the Ringling 
Brothers- Barnum -Bailey show Is 
playing the town. The opening 
week "Follies" did $8,500, and the 
second week $7,400. Among the pub- 
licity stunts arranged by Gerard to 
boost the business since the "Fol- 
lies" opened In Boston was a news- 
boys' night, last week, attended by 
1,500 newsies, and arranged in con- 
junction with the Boston "Travel- 
ler." Tho newsboys wcro invited 
guests. Another publicity stunt was 
the tagging of autos with the name 
of the show and distribution of caps 
and whistles. The circusing of the 
publicity for the show is figured to 
havo done much to keep the busi- 
ness up as well as it has since the 


Walter K. Hill Becomes Gen. Press 
Representative for Columbia 


Cleveland, June 7. 

Clarence Satchel submitted to 
three blood transfusions for Dolly 
Winters list week, after Miss Win- 
ters had attempted suicide through 
shooting. Miss Winters is at the 
Lakeside Hospital. She had been 
of the chorus in the burlesque stock 
at the Star, but lost the engage- 
ment. Despondent and with a baby 
in Detroit, the young woman tried 
to destroy herself. 

Satchel is also at tho Star, one 
of the principals He is of the 
vaudeville team of Satchel and 
Groves, Satchel had never met Miss 
Dale before submitting to the blood 

Singer Staning for Tralles-Butler 
In addition to producing his own 
Bhubert vaudeville unit, Jack Singer 
Will stage thu show the TialKs-IIut- 

Walter K. Hill has been appointed 
general press representative for the 
Columbia Amusement Co., effective 
July 1. Hill will establish the new 
press bureau announced by the 
Columbia several weeks ago, and 
will be in active charge of all pub- 
licity matters for the circuit. The 
press bureau will occupy the ofllces 
in the Columbia Building formerly 
tenanted by the Burlesque Booking 

The Columbia press bureau will 
have country wide connections, 
through local representatives in each 
of the Columbia stands. 

Hill is a newspaper man of exten- 
sive experience. For the last few 
years he has been in the publicity 
end of the show business exploiting 
the product of the Selznick, Uni- 
versal and other film concerns. He 
is presently connected with the Sels- 
nick publicity staff. Previous to 
entering the field of press agenting, 
Hill was a theatrical newspaper 


Burlesque Club Votes Against It- 
Election of Officers 


Has a great dcat to do in "MOLLY 
DAHLING" at the Palace. Chicago; 
and does it with vim and directness. 
Sings, dances and acts with fine 
vitality and a staunch security 
seldom observable in such a youth- 
ful comedian. — Amy Leslie. 


Columbia Wheel Reported 

Having Approved Idea — 

Two Parts in Color 

The Columbia Wheel will have a 
black and white show traveling 
next season, according to a story 
that ysaya the Columbia officers 
havo approved a plan submitted by 
Jean Bedinl for one of his next 
season's attractions. 

The show Is to hava a first part 
of whites, and the second half Is 
to be given over to a colored troupe. 
The latter will be furnished and 
produced by Al Mayer, who is a 
part owner of "Shuffle Along." 

The mixed performance will re- 
quire a double set of principals and 
choristers, it is said, giving the 
show a large complement of people 
to carry. 

It has been definitely decided the 
Burlesque Club of America will not 
hold a benefit performance or "Jam- 
boree" this season. By a vote of 
69 to 14 it was also decided not to 
returp the $60,000 in donations re- 
ceived from the producers of both 
the Columbia and American wheel 
•hows as the result of the show 
operators turning over one day's re- 
ceipts to the Burlesque Club build- 
ing fund fast season. 

The annual election, of the Bur- 
lesque Club was scheduled for yes- 
terday (Thursday). James 10 
(Bluch) Cooper will be the next 
president, his election being assured 
through him heading both the reg- 
ular and the independent tickets. 
The s: le applies to Harry Rudder; 
on both tickets for tho office of 
financial secretary. 

The ticket designated by the nom- 
inating committee follows: Presi- 
dent, James B. Cooper; vice-presi- 
dent, Lew Talbot; treasurer, 
Charles Franklyn; financial secre- 
tary, Harry Hudder, and recording 
secretary, Louis Lesser. The reg- 
ular nominations for the board of 
governors included Sam Scribnor, 
John Kelt, James Sutherland, Billy 
K. Wells. Sam Pool Lewis, Bob 
Travcrs. The independent ticket 
was: President, James B. Cooper; 
vice-president. Sam Pool Lewis; 
treasurer, James Sutherland; finan- 
cial secretary, Harry Rudder, and 
recording secretary, Wm. Roehm. 

The board of governors nominat- 
ed by the independents included Lou 
Lesser, Lou Sidman, Bobby Clark, 
Chas. Franklyn. Bmmctt Callahan, 
Solly Ward. 




Colored Fighter Attached in Colum- 
bus — People Claim Salaries Due 

Columbus, June 7. 
People with the Jack Johnson 
show following Its appearance here, 
claimed they had not been paid 

Myrtle Fox. Katheryn Lyon and 
Beatrice Murray, chorus girls, ap- 
plied to a local society for aid to 
go home, besides bringing action 
against Johnson. Catherine Oorham 
and William J. Killin, also of the 
troupe, likewiso brought actions. 

Elected to Columbia's Board 

— New Season Opens Last 

Week in August 

Tom Henry, connected with thfc 

Columbia Amusement Co. as house 

manager for several theatres and 1a 

different capacities for the last If 

years, and in point of service its 
oldest employe, was elected * 
member of the board of directors of 
that organization at the annual 
meeting of stockholders held June l.\ 

Mr. Henry succeeds Wm. S. 
Campbell on tho board, Mr. Camp* 
bell tendering his resignation be- 
cause of a decision to travel wltn , 
his show, "London Belles," next 

The same officers that have 
manned the Columbia for several 
years wcro re-elected at the June 
meeting They are J. Herbert Mack, 
president; Jules Hurtig, viee-prosi- 
dent, Sam Scribner, socretary and 
general manager; R. K. Hynicka. 
treasurer. It was decided at the 
annual meeting the Columbia shows 
would open this season tho last 
week in August. 

None of tho (250.000 of new stock 
to be issued by the Columbia via 
its decision to double its capitali- 
zation from $250,000 to $500,000 will 
be sold outside of the organisation. 
If the Columbia stockholders, who 
may purchase a pro rata amount 
of the shares of tho new $250,000 
issue, proportionate to their pres- 
ent holdings, do not absorb all of 
the issue, any shares remaining 
unsubscribed will be purchased by 
one or more of the larger Columbia 
stockholders. The par value of the 
new Issue is $100 a share, divided 
into 2,500 shares. 

No dividends wore declared at 
the annual meeting this year, the 
first time In many years that the 
Columbia Amusement Co. hae 
passed a dividend. 

Aside from Henry succeeding 
Campbell on the directors' board, 
that body remains the same as last 
year, those re-olectod being Jules 
Hurtig, Sam Scribner, J. Herbert 
Mack, Charles Waldron, John J. 
Jormon, K. K. Hynicka, Leon Laski 
and Qus Hill. 


Mollie Williams has signed Jack 
Hanlon and Ralph Samborn as prin- 
cipal comedians for her next sea- 
son's Own Show. She has changed 
the title from Mollie Williams' 

Samborn Is a blackface recruit 
from vaudeville, new to burlesque. 


Billy Vail has been appointed gen- 
eral manager of the Manhcim cir- 
cuit, with headquarters in Cleveland. 
The Manhcim houses number about 
eight, the Priscilla, Cleveland, play- 
ing stock burlesque, installed by 
Vail four weeks ago. The others 
play pictures, but three or four will 
be tested out with the stock bur- 
lesque idea, as operated at the Pris- 

This is tho house recently In- 
augurating a plan of admitting as 
many women as a male 10-cvnt 
ticket purchaser cared to bring in. 
Tho idea caught on. 

Howard, Boston, Clo**H f«>r Summer 
The Howard, Boston, playing bur- 
lesque stock and a combination pic* 
turc and vaudeville policy since the 
winding up of tho American wheel 
show season six weeks ago, clo..«J 
Saturday for the summer 

Tho Howard will reopen in the 
litter part of the summer with a 
renewal of the stock, vaudeville 
tind pictures policy. 

"Strut, Miss Lizzie," Over Summer 
"Strut, Mies Lizzie," a new all 
colored show, written by Creamer 
and Leighton, started Saturday at 
Miitsky's Wintcrgardcn. The house 
reverts to stock burlesque again in 
the fall. The colored show is a 
mixed musical and farce entertain- 

It takes its title from a pop song 
written by Creamer and Leighton 
and enjoying wide popularity early 
this season. 



Marion Harland, authoress (In 
private life Mrs. Mary Virginia 
Tcrhunc), died of old age at her 
home in New York. She would have 
been 92 next Dccembor. The 
deceased was the mother of Albert 
Payson Tcrhune, author and screen 
writer, and Virginia Tcrhune Van de 
Water, known in the literary and 
dramatio field. A third child. 
Christine Terhune Derrick, is also 
a writer. 

Curtin's Texas Visit 
Jim Curtin, manager of tho Em- 
pire, Brooklyn (Columbia Wheel), 
is visiting his relatives in Houston, 
his first trip to that town in eight 
years. Ho will bo gone less than 
a month, returning via Tulsa, Okla., 
where Mr. Curtin's married daugh- 
ter makes her homo. He will be on 
the job when the Empire opens for 
the season. 

"The Mimic World" on Columbia" 
The Columbia wheel show 
Maurice Kaito of tho Hurtig & Sea- 
mon ofllcc will operate next Heason 
in conjunction with Danny Daven- 
port will be titled "The Mimir 

Sally Fields for Minsky's Stock 

S tlly Meicks ha* been engaged as 
one of the principals for the stork 
burlesque M.fky Brothers will in- 
stall in the I ark in tho fall. 

J. H. Pctrich, former manager of 
1 1 1 (i Boro park, Brooklyn, »* now tho Bl«.«OI# Jlempaleid, 
L I 

Frederick Walters, 49, former 
technical director of the Scotti 
Grand Opera company, died at his 
home, 345 East Fourth street, 
Brooklyn, N. Y., June 6. He was 
with Augustin Daly, Anna Held, 
Florcnz Zicgfcld, in charge of tho 
scenic equipment. He la survived 
by wife, son, three daughters and 
a grandchild. 

with Edwin Booth. He was last 
seen in Now York in George Broad- 
hurst's "Come Soven." 


George Rutland Harrington -Fleet, 
actor and manager, died in London. 
June 1, at the age of 69. He played 
leading parts In nearly all of the 
original Gilbert and Sullivan comic 
opera productions. 

The mother of Fally Markus, the 
independent booker, died suddenly 
June 7 at hor home in New York 


Waltor Buhl, former manager of 
"tho Wilson Avenue theatre, Chi- 
cago, succumbed to tuberculosis at 
Saranac Lake. N. Y., June 2. He 
had been at the mountain resort 
for six months, never able to leave 
his bed after arriving there. At 
the time of death ho weighed but 
40 pounds. Ho was about 36 years 
of age. A widow survives, known 
professionally as Beulah Pearl. 

Interment was in 1'iltsburgh, his 
home town. 

Charles J. Burbridge, 73, died May 
30 after an illness of several months 
during which time he was a patient 
at Brunswick Sanatorium, Amlty- 
ville. L. I. Born in England in 1849. 
he served In the British Navy and 
came to this country 35 years ago. 
His last appearance was in 1913 in 
"The C.amblera" He had lived at 
the Actor's Fund Home since 1 r * 1 C . 


Charles W. Meyers. 79. died at the 
home of bis daughter* Mrs. John 
Murphy, in Baltimore, June 3. In 
hiS .>»ily J »y^ lie \".m OOnncct I 


The American stage lost its most 
outstanding personality in the pass- 
ing of Lillian Russell, who died at 
her home in Pittsburgh, June S. 
Death was due to a complication of 
diseases. While en route to Amer- 
ica from Europe several weeks ago. 
Miss Russell fell on shipboard, suf- 
fering injuries that brought about 
a generally weakened condition of 
health which ultimately resulted In ' 
her death. 

She was Gl years old, born in Clin- 
ton, Iowa, and was the wife of Alex- 
ander P. Moore, publisher of the 
Pittsburgh Leader. 

Miss Russell started hor theatrical 
carcor in 1880 In a humble way, 
first appearing for a few perform- 
ances as a chorister in an operetta 
at the old Park Theatre, Brooklyn. 
Her next public appearance was 
with one of E Rice's exlravagansas. 

Tony Pastor then gave her an op- 
portunity in his variety house the 
following year, 1881. when she did 
a singing turn that attracted im- 
mediate attention. Miss Russell's 
family name wait Nellio Leonard. 

Tho way she came to adopt the 
(Continued on page 21) 




Friday, June 9, 1922 



Montreal, June 7. 

Permission to build an amuse- 
ment park at Lachine, near here, 
ia being nought by an American 
syndicate. It is understood that, 
in the event of a grant being made, 
the site will be at Stoncy Point, a 
pretty spot near the famous La- 
chine Rapids. 

This is the second time that an 
application of this nature has been 
made, the former having been al- 
lowed to drop whpn the citizens of 
Lachine protested on the grounds 
that it would constitute a public 
nuisance and bring an undesirable 
element into the municipality. 

The new proposal is more ambi- 
tious than the former, and if car- 
ried out, the largest amusement 
park in Canada will be built on the 
shores of Lake St. Louis, Lachine. 
Excellent electric car service is 
maintained from Montreal. 


The Cayuga County Fair will be 
held at Moravia, N. Y., Sept. 18-21, 
the week following the State Fair 
at Syracuse. 


First Real Index of Business in Outdoor Amusement 
Field — Tops Reported to Be Doing Fairly Well 
— Muggivan Group Interested in Carnivals 


The Ballard - Muggivan - Bowers CANADA'S PARK 

circus firm is rushing its fifth .show 
into the field. The Yankee Bob- American Syndicate Favor Lachine, 

Near Montreal, for Site 
inson outfit which has been packed 

away is being made ready for the 

road and will start as soon as it 
can be put in order. This move i3 
the first positive index of what 
showmen expect for the coming 
months, and is generally regarded 
among the wise showmen as an al- 
together favorable sign. 

The French Lick concern has had 
four big top outfits in the field since 
late April or early May and has se- 
cured a pretty fair line on what the 
prospects are from actual tests. 
That they have suddenly determined 
to throw a fifth show into the ring 
is looked on as a pretty sure indi- 
cation that they regard the possi- 
bilities as rosy. 

The best opinion seems to be 
that the shows now on the road are 
doing very well in spite of a rotten 
weather break. Bad weather is 
making them lose money over cer- 
tain weeks, but when the conditions 
aro right the out-turn is extra- 
ordinarily good. Between bad 
weather losses and good weather 
profits it is said the circus gener- 
ally is showing a margin of net 
profit. Bouting men and other ex- 
ecutives figure that if they can 
keep "off the nut" during the un- 
certain weeks of May and June, 
when real summer comes the har- 
vest will be a bumper one. That, 
and the general conviction that the 
worst of business depression is over 
and the commercial situation of the 
country is definitely on the upward 
incline is the answer to the sending 
out of the Yankee Bobinson outfit. 

Up until this time the ostensible 
views of showmen as to circus 
prosperity have varied widely. Some 
havo declared business was sensa- 
tional, others have been as aggres- 
sively pessimistic. Some of the cir- 
cuses that have devious ways of 
adding to their income can't be fig- 
ured from the gate, and the outside 
takings can't be figured by anybody 
not on the inside. But whatever the 
source of income, when the circuses 
thus early show net profit, the in- 
dications are that the generality of 
the public has money to spend. 
Apparently that is what the Muggi- 
van -Ballard people are banking on. 

The French Lick people, whatever 
one may think of their ethical stand- 
ards, are a mighty fast thinking 
crowd and not likely to be moved 
by any but substantial considera- 
tions. One sample of their business 
acumen which is just beginning to 
leak around into the gossip. 
Canada Looked Good 

Early in April, the routing scouts 
for the four shows got an inkling 
that Canada looked good. The first 
feelers for information brought 
back astonishing reports. The llag- 
enbeck- Wallace show was imme- 
diately headed for a tactical posi- 
tion where it could make a quick 
jump across the border. Meanwhile 
the possibilities of the Dominion 
were always under examination. 
Things looked so goo" particularly 
on the 1 formation furnished by the 
Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific 
railroads that preparations were 
(Continued on page 10) 

William J. Greenman has- retired 
from the office of superintendent 
and secretary of the Cortland 
County (N. Y.) Agricultural soci- 


Chicago, June 7. 

According to reliable railroad in- 
formation, the John Bobinson show, 
which had a shut-out contract in 
far eastern Canada, started some- 
thing when it cancelled that terri- 
tory, since instantly Sparks and 
Walter Main made a dive for that 

The principal railroad Involved 
seems to prefer to handle only one 


Holyoke, Mass., June 7. 

Mayor John F. Cronin has stated 
no carnivals will be allowed this 
summer to show in Holyoke. The 
mayor said the order stands, 
whether the carnival may be playing 
independently or under auspices. 

The occasion for the statement 
was the Mayor's refusal to license 
a carnival the American Legion ap- 
plied for. 


Chicago, June 7. 

Binglings jumped Al Butler, con- 
tractor, from Chicago to the far 
west, where he is now superintend- 
ing the contracting of advertising 

It is accepted as grounds that the 
Kinglings will venture to the Pa- 
cific with their show, although 
nothing more is known about it. 




TAL.K No. 25 


Combines with Gus Sun on 
Outdoor Attractions — Book- 
ing East and West 

The Vernon, N. Y. fair will be 
held Sept. 20 -23. It draws mainly 
from Madison and Oneida counties. 
A contract has been negotiated 
with Holman Brothers of Seneca 
Falls to supply the mid'vay a. trac- 

The convention of the Volunteer 
Firemen's Association for Centra! 
New York will be held \l Auburn, 
N. Y., July 18-20. 


Rube Bernstein has engaged 
Gattison Jones, juvenile. Elsie El- 
liott, ingenue; Jack Hunt, comedian; 
Edna Lee, soubret, and Jimmy 
Hamilton, straight, for his Colum- 
bia circuit attraction, "The Broad- 
way Flappers." 

Kitty Warren, ingenue, has been 
signed for a period of three years 
by Harry Hastings for his Columbia 
show, "Knick Knacks." 

The Ritz, Jersey City, formerly 
the Hespe, under the management 
of Frank G. Hall, reopens Monday 
with split week vaudeville. Five 
acts will be played each half, booked 
by John Bobbins* 


Put Carnival Out of Business by Playing Opposition 
to It — Plan Successful at Dayton — Organization 
by Clean Outdoor Showmen, Pollie Urges 

An affiliation has been formed be- 
tween the Wirth-Blumenfelt Fair 

Booking Association and Gus Sun. 
The object of the combination is to 
supply shows for fairs for all sec- 
tions of the country. The affiliation 
concerns only outdoor bookings, 
and in no way concerning the Sun 
vaudeville enterprises. The re- 
cently reported vaudeville affilia- 
tion between Sun and M. B. Sheedy 
is now said to have been dropped. 

The plan of the fair booking af- 
filiation is for Sun to handle all 
territory west of Pittsburgh and the 
Wirth & Blumenfelt office to con- 
fine its activities to eastern fairs. 
There is to be a division ©f profits, 
dating from June 1. Bookings ar- 
ranged by Wirth & Blumenfelt be- 
fore that date will not b.e pooled. 

There will be a combined catalog 
issued. The affiliation, though ef- 
fective for all fair bookings, does 
not include the agency activities of 
the Wirth & Blumenfelt office, 
which will continue to buy acts for 
uot-of-door appearances. 

The latter firm has been partic- 
ularly active in fair bookings for 
the past two seasons. Sun has re- 
cent y expanded into that field. It 
is said he already has lined up 
about 15 fairs and five parks. 

There will be five offices used by 
the affiliation, those outside of New 
York being the Sun offices in 
Springfield, O, Buffalo, Pittsburgh 
and Chicago. The latter will also 
be used for vaudeville bookings as 
at present. 

Henry J. Pollie, of the Zeilman I CHURCH BARS OUT CARNIVAL 
and Pollie Exposition Shows, be- | Atlantic City, June 7. 


Los Angeles, June 7. 

•'Someone to Love," under the 
direction of John Griffith Wray of 
the Thomas H. Ince staff, set a pre- 
cedent in picture location last -veek 
when the members traveled with 
Howe's circus for several days 
"shooting" truc-to-life scenes. Cul- 
len Landis, Noah Beery and Ver- 
non Dent headed the players who 
joined the circus at San Jose and 
traveled through the regular valley 
one -day stands. 

Much of the Howe properties 
were brought into action for the 

Earlc a County Officer 

Detroit, June 7. 

Charles T. Enrle, former owner 
and manager of the "Six Water 

Lillics," also Knrle's diving nymphs, 
vaudeville turns, and Inter With « ir - 
cuse:-, Is now Deputy Coroner < t Dc 
*roit and W iyiM County. 

lieves he has found a partial way 

of forcing out the unclean carnival. 

At Dayton, Ohio, the UnitetlSpan- 
ish War Voter ns contemplated u 
carnival. The contract would have 
been let to another show, but Mr. 
Pollie, hearing of it, secured the 
contract instead, played on the gov- 
ernment grounds with the other 
carnival showing just outside the 
city. The other show did 'not'^j 
over $500 on the week, he says. * 

It was a heavy jump for the Zeil- 
man and Pollie shown, from Hunt- 
ington, W. Va., but Mr. Pollie men- 
tions he made it because he did not 
believe any but a high grade car- 
nival should show on the grounds 
of the National Military Home. 

"I am personally for the uplift of 
the outdt amusement business and 
believe as you do," says Mr. Pollie. 
"that it needs a housecleaning and 
must have it. We have a $200,000 
invest ent in this show. Many 
other outdoor showmen have a 
larger investment. If they are who 
the clean showmen are going to get 
together to protect their invest- 
ment. Organization by the clean 
showmen will he effective I believe." 

Mr. Pollie holds the opinion that 
organization could conduct a oani- 

pnign against the unclean carnival i 

and oblige th in to eh an up or quit 

iiy tagging the unclean as he did. 

The Zeldman and Pollie showj 
are playing around Cincinnati for * 

fCW WCck.H. This wci'k the .show / 

ai Norwood, Ohio, 

Preachers and church reformers 
bucked the Chamber of Commerce 
of Pleasantville, on the mainland 
five miles from this city, and as 
a consequence the Matthew J. Biley 
Shows, engaged by the business 
body for a week's carnival, was 

forced to move over the city line 
into a neighboring township before 
throwing open Its tent flaps and 
starting the amusement features. 
It appears that the church folk ob- 
jected to any chance or gambling 
features now considered almost nec- 
essary to" the success of any of 
these traveling shows and their in- 
fluence was sufficient to secure 
practical refusal of license from the 
officials of Pleasantville. The show 
opened Monday to some extent, but 
had weather kept down the crowds. 
It will close Saturday. 

Fortunately for the shows and 
their local backers the line of Egg 
Harbor township runs through the 
edge of Pleasantville and the new 
site forced on the Kiley shows it 
close enough to the centre of the 
town and the car lines to allow of 
crown's attending should the weather 
improve. Because of the row be- 
tween the churchmen people and the 
august Chamber of Commerce body 
Ihfl show has received a lot of fret 
advertising which has been sup- 
plemented with papering of all of 
Atlantic City hy the carnival boost - 

] era, 


Chicago, June 7. 

Account of heavy losses due to 
floods the Levee Board of Missis- 
sippi issued an order authorizing 
all levee districts to collect the 
same privilege and show licenses as 
that collected by the State. 

While this will not prevail all over 
the State, it means that in districts 
along the Mississippi Biver the cir- 
cus license fee will be doubled, and 
recent reduction in such licenses 
by the State Legislature is made of 
no benefit for this season. 

A benefit performance for funds 
for the new N. V. A. Post of the 
American Legion will be held Sun- 
day, night, June 11, at the Colonial, 
New York city, which is now dark. 


Society Woman Still Hearing 
of Frost She Fostered 

Chicago, June 7. 

Because she is reported to havo 
guaranteed all possible losses, Mrs. 
H. H. Honore, prominently known 
in society circles as the sister-in- 
law of the late Mrs. Potter Palmer, 
is finding an embarrassing after- 
math of the recent Gold Star Moth- 
ers' carnival in Grant park circling 
her head. 

An utter lack ^ of organization, 
plus slickness of 'grafting -carnival 
iincn, who "got in" on the oppor- 
tunity, not to mention a bad break 
in weather conditions, made a fliv- 
ver of the carnival, and the whole 
affair is now verdicted by the 
State's attorney's office as "total 
loss, due to lack of business judg- 
ment." The expose made by Variety 
a fortnight ago is go'ing to make it 
stiff for any charitable organization 
in Chicago to secure the valuable 
space in Grant park for carnivals 
under the alias of being for soldier 
benefits or the like, especially when 
a donation of the grounds is asked 
for. High -class carnival men are 
thankful for this. 

Mrs. Honore has already been 
summoned to the State's attorney's 
offices to explain a check for $500, 
bearing her signature, which had 
been returned by the bank on which 
it was drawn, with tire notation, 
"account closed.'' The subpoena 
was issued by D. T. Hamill of the 
Chicago Show Printing Co., 14 North 
Wells street, who received the check 
for printing done for the carnival. 
On filing of the complaint, Edgac A. 
Jones, assistant State's attorney, 
stated there was nothing for him 
to do but summon Mrs. Honore for 
an explanation. Any intent to com- 
mit a crime was removed from 
Mrs. Honore's position after the 
explanation was made. 

The State's attorney's office was 
emphatic in declaring "bad busi- 
ness judgment" prevailed in the 
whole undertaking, and with the 
promise that an audit of the receipts 
and disbursements for the affair 
would be made and handed over 
to the State's attorney's office, 
thereby satisfying the Gold Star 
Mothers, who woke up too late to 
find it was an error to have loaned 
their name for the project. 

Mrs. Honore stood a splendid 
chance to have made financial suc- 
cess of the project, if there had been 
better weather conditions but, as 
it now stands, the society lady will 
probably be just as skeptical of 
sharp-shooting carnival promoters 
as every good community through- 
out the laUd is at last surrounding 
and conquering, with the help of 
organized investigating bureaus. In 
this instance the King Investigating 
Bureau is given the credit for hav- 
ing protected the leading Chicago 

The specified carnival gathered in 
Grant park undeniably one of the 
toughest arrays of "come-on" indi- 
viduals ever assembled for any 
project of its kind. The tip-off that 
the general public had, and the fact 
it rained two-thirds of the engage- 
ment, prevented casualties in 1 .)th 
bankrolls and persons. 

Joe Bowers Has Nasty Fall 

Ashtabula, O., June 7. 

While playing here, Joe Bowers, 
member of Mme. Bedini'a riders, fell 
off his horse, seriously fracturing 
his shoulder blade. 

A veterinary, who was called to 
attend, failed to diagnose the cause 
of the death of "Charcoal," a very 
costly high school horse owned by 
Mme Bedini. The animal died about 
six miles outside of Lorraine, O. 


Ringling Bros.-B. B. 

June 9, Utica, N. Y.; 10, Pittsfleld, 
Mass.; 12-17, Boston. 

June 9. Manchester. Mass.; 10. 
Lowell; 12, Portland, Me.; 13, Ports- 
mouth, N. H., 14, Nashua; 15, Wor- 
cester, Mass.; 16, Fitchburg; 17, 

Al G. Barnes 

June 9, Ogden, Utah; 10, Salt 

June 9. Brockvitle, Ontario, Can- 
ada; 10, Belleville; 12, Hamilton; It, 
St. Catharines; 14, Brantford; 15, St. 

Thomas; 16, Chatham; 17, Wood- 

John Robinson 
June 9, Sandusky, O.; 10, Paines- 
ville; 12, Warren; 13, Ulrichsvillc; 
14. Ma^sillon; 15, Galion; 16, Find- 
lay; 17, Sidney. 

Walter L. Main 

June 9, Sanford, Me.; 10, Bidde- 
ford; 12, ftocklanJ; 13. Augusta; 14, 

Belfast; 15, WatervMe; it;. Rom* 

ford Falls; 17, Livermore Falls. 

Gollmar Bros. , 
June 9, Columbus, N< b : 10, 
Omaha; 12, Sioux City, la.; IS, D< '»i- 
son; 14, Boone; ir>, Des Moines; K«. 
Marshalltown; 17, Cedar Rapids, 


How Grafting Carnivals Grow — "One More Season," 
Bad Carnivals Say — No Thought or Care — Whole 
Business in Danger of Extermination 

With the increased antipathy 
against the carnival in general and 
the hostile attitude of civic and 
state authorities in every section, 
the carnival manager is at last 
awakening to the real seriousness 
of the situation. 

Not that he is doing anything to 
combat this antagonism against the 
line t endeavor that means his 
livelihood, or to, in> the smallest 
way. defend himself ngain?t the 
harsh attacks of the nation'3 press, 
community law and order societies 

one3' ) new shows are added and, 
when possible, owners of independ- 
ent individual tent attractions are 
Induced to cast their lot with "The 
World's Colossal Shows" on a per- 
centage basis. Me^srj. Clippem and 
Cheatem are now the owners and 
managers of a real tented city — it 
is surprising whaP a flash can be 
made with a couple of riding de- 
vices, a few tents and a 'wop" 
band of six or eight pieces. The 
managers have nothing jo worry 
them — their only real property is a 
letterhead and a suit case. 

One of the members of the firm 
is usually a good mixer, a suave 

Further news of the outdoor 
amusement field will be found 
on page 10. 

and belligerent "Busines.* Men's I ! a,I ^ r aml M a11 around . "eocd fel- 
low. It is generally a simple mat- 
ter tj shatter the good intentions 
of some easily led sheriff or police 

Association. " which ar? working 
both tooth grid nail to eradicate him 
and hia midway, and to con.dsn 
him, tag and baggage, to oblivion's 
deepest and darkest. pit. 

So far the carnival manager has 
remained inert and inactive, and, as 
far as can be learned, nothing has 
been done to meet the situation. No 
step.* have been taken toward or- 
ganization, and no movement in 
that direction is apparent, but Va- 
riety's interest in the crusade 

toward "cleaner and better carni- 
vals" and the publication of news 
items r:\~arding the real facts from 

chief and in many towns there is a 
locil politician who "handles' just 
such matters. By the aid of hush 
money — called "fixing dough"- -the 
trick is done. The "lucky boys" 
get the word to go to work and the 
fun ft arts. 

f hows of this kind reem. like the 
proverbial cat. to bear a charmed 
life. They move along through the 
country turning up the territory, 
ripping and teiring. cheating and 
stealing and without a thought to 
the future, steadily driving nail 
after nail "into the carnival coffin. 
It is soft pickings foe Messrs^ 
Clippem and Cheatem. Eisy money 

all over the country have made the ! and little exertion, no care, no re- 
carnival showman talk, and that is, J sponsibilities. Why should they be 

the first to help clean up? Why 
should they mend their ways? Why 
should they think or bother about 
the other fellow? What do they 

at least, a sign of hope. 

Regarding the rumor of a pro- 
posed amalgamation of big 
owners with some prominent na- 
tional figure at its hc~d, nothing 
can be learned; in fact, none 
seemed to be in possession of any 
reliable data on the subject, and to 
those interrogated the scheme is 
just mere rumor — plain bunk. In 
New York and Chicagj carnival 
men are discussing the situation 
with interest, and all appear to 
agree as to the dire n:cessity of 
speedy action. 

Most carnival men are in accord 
as to the truth of most cf the pub- 
lished statements, and most claim 
to deplore the existence of the many 
undesirable features which have 
been the primary cause of the pres- 
ent crusade. 

The owners of the smaller shows 
allege that they are really giving 
the public what it demands, and 
they add that without girl shows, 
•49 camps and athletic stadiums 
(fake wrestling matches) they arc 
unable to get by. 

It is with the small show, with 
some exceptions, that the gambling 
features are so predominant and, 
as much as the big show managers 
would like to. he sees no logical way 
•f combatting this condition, al- 
though the "grift show ' is the real 
thorn In his side and a menace to 
his very existence. 

The "grift show" owner is more 
than often a concession man who 
has always been identified with 
rambling games, "flat joints" and 
"thieving stores." In the course of 
his travels he runs into some "hick" 
who owns a merry-go-round and 
maybe a ferris wheel— the country 
is full of them. The rest is easy. A 
couple of tents are purchased, one 
for a 49 camp, the other for a 
wrestling show. A couple of cheap 
pit shows are added and a string of 
concessions complete the picture. A 
carnival company has blossomed 
forth and here we have Clippem and 
Cheatem's World's Colossal Shows. 
The show moves in passenger de- 
partments, the railroad company 
furnishing baggage cars for the 
equipment which is hauled to and 
from the show lot by a local trans- 
fer man. Day coaches for the peo- 
ple are also provided by the railroad 
company. From two to four box or 
bagpage cars will easily tike care 
of the show's material as, outside 
of the riding devices, there is n'oth^ 
ins but a few bundles or rolls of 
canvas. Home poles and lumber and 
a few trunks and packing enses 
containing the merchandise used 
f"r flashing the "stores" .ml as 
"give-aways" or prizes on the 
legitimate games. 

If a "raj* shop" or fly-by-niRht 
outfit of this type happens to strike 
* couple of good spots (i. e. "red 

tion from the "gypsy camp" type of 
show or from the bred-in-the-bone 
grifter-manager is fruitless. As 
long as local officials and grafting 
politicians aid, encourage and par- 
ticipate in the ill-gotten gains of 
these sewer rats of the carnival 
business there is small hope for 
any material change. 

To bring about a- real reform 
through any kind of an organization 
made up of carnival men would be 
a doubtful experiment. Organiza- 
tion has been tried before without 
results. Until local authorities step 
in and enforce the law the "cooch 
show" and the illegal features that 
go with it will always be a part of 
the program provided by the low 
and unscrupulous carnival manager 
of the "grift show" class. 


Ringlings Turn Performance 

Over to Masons — Parade 

and Ceremonies 

James Sweeney has returned to 

the active management of the New 
theatre. Port Jervis. N. J., having 
been forced to remain inactive dur- 
ing the past year, due to illness. 
Split week vaudeville will rtart in 
the house commencing Monday. 

Buffalo, June 7. 

The Shriners' ceremonial staged 
here last week in connection with 
the Uingling-Barnum circles proved 
one of the biggest amusement 
events ever seen in Buffalo. The 
Shrine took over the show for one 
complete performance, said to be 
the first time in its history the 
Uingling outfit ever entered into a 
transaction of this kind. 

The entire show paraded through 
the main streets together with 
Shrine patrols and bands from every 
part of the state. Every wagon, 
cage and float that the circus 
owned was put "into the procession, 
with John T. and Charles Uingling 
leading the parade in person. 

Reaching the show grounds, over 
5.000 of the Masons were given sup- 
per in the cook tent, after which 
an initiation was held under the big 

At 8 o'clock the regular show 
was staged for only Shriners and 
their families. After the show a 
banquet was given at a downtown 
hotel for the circus folk, at which 
both of the Ringlings were pre- 
sented with diamond -studded em- 

Frank Voole, manager o/ the 
show, and William Ferris of Buffalo 
are said to have engineered the 
deal. Both received handsome re- 
membrances from the Shriners in 
appreciation of their services. 


Errors in Hitting Pointed Out. 

Waiting for Cuthbert and 

Algy to Join 


care about the carnival business 
and its future? It will surely be 
good for at least one more season. 

"Give me one more season like 
this, with everything running wide 
open, and you can have the old car- 
nival business." That's how Messrs. 
Clippem and Cheatem feel about it, 
and that is just about the attitude 
of a hundred other "grift show' 
managers and owners like them. 

When the grifters are not with a 
carnival they are with a circus or 
thev ,play independent dates in small 
rural communities where it can be 
fixed "to step." 

Home comings, reunions, county 
firemen's conventions, picnics and 
celebrations have always been hap- 
py hunting grounds for the flat 
joint man and if he i3 not to be 
found in one place, he Is sure to 
pop up in another. 

Many a circus and many a car- 
nival that is in the "big show" 
class of today owes its existence to 
the grift, to crooked concessions 
and to "cooch blow offs" and fake 

That th immoral show and the 
crooked concession have got to go, 
all sane and sober carnival men 
concede, but Just how to go about 
the task of exterminating them no 
one seems to know. The big show 
owner with up-to-date attractions 
can do without them and he is 
ready and willing to co-operate In 
any way to bring about their finish. 

The concession man who confines 
his activities to legitimate games 
of skill and fair merchandise wheels 
has never had any use for the flat 
joint or "thieving store " Men cus- 
tomers will seldom fool around a 
game to win a basket of groceries 
or a kewpie doll when they take a 
chance at winning a $r» bill at the 
next booth. 

The money Karnes attract the 
crowds and the lefiitimate conces- 
sion loses accordingly. Wl n the 
law steps In and closes the money 
wheels, they invariably close the 

Detroit, June 7. 

A real circus of the standard type, 
one that has been relished for gen- 
erations, is the Robinson outfit. It 
is now in its 99th annual jaunt and 
from the impression it gives no 
doubt will run into its second or 
third century mark as far as its 
title is concerned. 

There is no endeavor by Ballard, 

Muggivan and Bowers, who control 
the outfit, to deviate from the pre- 
cedent established by the show in 
seasons passed, as far as the style 
of entertainment is concerned. This 
was most significant from the per- 
formance given here. It was a good 
big circus, with its animals, et at., 
and one that when the show was 
over sent the patrons out sounding 
its praises. 

It played a two-day stand here, 
on two different lots to capacity 
business and has Journeyed on its 
tour of the middle west to unpre- 
cedented business. This is probably 
due to the methods employed by the 
advance delegation. They paper the 

formance lived up to the standard 
established by that group of 

The fifth display trotted out the 
clowns around the track, headed by 
Doc Keene. who is greatly over- 
shadowed and forced into the back- 
ground by the gyrations and stunts 
of "Silvers" Johnson and Billy 
Lorette, the talking comedy cop. 
Johnson stands out most noticeably 
through his productive ability. He 
works up all his tricks and stunts 
to the point of finesse in execution 
and does not pull a 'bloomer" with 
a single endeavor. Lorette on the 
other hand can be classified as the 
host of the outfit. Not alone does 
he pull a score of falls for his efforts, 
but he acts as escort to patrons 
when they take their seats; watches 
with keen interest every stunt and 
endeavor of the numerous perform- 
ers and burlesques the stunts, and 
as well as serving as applause leader 
for the customers. He is a most 
valuable asset in every respect for 
an outdoor attraction. 

Display No. 6 is the piece de re- 
sistance of the show. It is probably 
the biggest flash of any outdoor 

towns in lavish fashion and spend outflt . It nag 1( j WO men on swing- 

money liberally in the newspapers, 
getting plenty of advance notices. 
All of these assets which are gained 
prior to appearance are taken ad- 
vantage of when the outflt hits town, 
as was done here when a good fast 
snappy and big show was given. 

Sam Dill heads the executive con- 
tingent as manager, with George 
Moyer his associate; Fred Ledgett is 
the equestrian director and in this 
capacity shows superb showman- 
ship. Al. J. Massey, Is the musical 
director and he and his bunch are 
heavily featured In both billing and 

"When Knighthood was In Flower" 
is the allegorical spectacle which 
gets the proceedings under way. 
The entire retinue of performers 
and empolyes are used in this 
specialty which consumes 15 
minutes. It serves as a good relish 
for the performance. 

The initial display discloses a 
combination of dogs, monkeys and 
bucking mules, presided over by 
Bcrnie Griggs in the ring and Victor 
Bedini in the other, with Joe Lewis 
on the center platform. 

In the second display were nine 
elephants, four under the direction 
of Mme. Dorett. and five under 
Irene Montgomery. The feature 
was "Major" a mammoth pachyderm 
walking on his hind legs around the 
track. Miss Montgomery seems to 
be most versatile. Starting off with 
the elephants as an appetizer, for 

merchandise wheels with the same 

order. I entree she does a bit on the swing- 

For obvious reasons, the straight j nK ladders; then 

concession man Will welcome their 
exit from the carnival lot. They 
are the biggest knock the carnival 
business ha* to 'ontend With and 
the- sooner they are driven, out of 
the field the better tor all. 

The Whole business i* In danger 
of I'xtermlnstion by state and fed- 
eral legislation. No otic ran save 
the situation but the carnival man- 
ager himself, it win t>o no <-^y 
task, and energetic n« well as 
drastic methods will have to he em- 

To look or to hope for CO -opcra- 

len her compot con- 
sists of work on the trapeze, with 
high school riding, hare back riding 
and several other specialties, which 
round out a full days work, whether 
it is one or two performances. 

The third display reveals the 
Four Lamys On a web over the cen- 
ter platform, with the Bernards and 
ihe Arleys doing perch acts on what 
look iik*- lhe tallest poles seen with 
a circus. All of their work seems 
perilous and is properly awarded 
from lhe Standpoint of approbation. 

Display 4 has Reno McCrea and 
JOC Hodginl", doing hare hack stunts 
in tin- rings. Ifodginl is of the 
famous llodgini Family and his per- 

ing ladders In a display of strength 
and form, all at the same |ime, with 
two girls in the center on swinging 
ropes. Those in this display are 
Rosina Nelson. Kstralia Nelson, 
Cecil Rogers, Miss Young. Ruby 
Chapin, Irene Montgomery, Madame 
Liorett. Rose Russell, Oneida Nelson, 
Lulu Gibson, Dessie Bennett, Min- 
nie Rooney, Irene Williams and 
Theo Nelson, with cloud swinging 
in the two center rings by the 
Misses Ward. 

The seventh display was a liberty 
act, or posing, with John Smith, 
Madame Bedini, Fred Ledgett, pre- 
siding over the respective rings and 

No. 8 in the order of displays was 
a clown production of burlesquing 
a wedding. The next display was 
programmed as "Dental Dexterity," 
otherwise known as a "strong tooth" 
turn. Participating in this were the 
M iss»'s Lorett and Rcger, In the 
first ring; the Three De Roy Sisters, 
on the platform, and the llodgini 
Sisters, in the other ring. 

Then came the Famous Nelson 
Family, six girls, two men and a 
child, doing everything in floor 
acrobatics, risley work, and with a 
special announcement accorded 
them for one girl doing a series of 
flip-flops on a small pedestal. 

Display 11 brought out the clown 
band, billed to do "everything that 
Sousa does not do." and lives up to 
its billing. 

The twelfth display brought out 
the swinging trapeze artists, con- 
sisting of Lorett and Reger over 
one ring, with the Youngs over the 
center platform and the Bennett 
Bisters over the other ring, with 
Harry La Reno and Fmmett Kelley 
working over the track on one side 
and Walter James on the other. 

"Lucky Thirteen" brought out 
Robinson's Famous Troupe of 
Arabs, who get a Special announce- 
ment nn their pyramid building arid 
whirlwind work on 'he track. 

The fourteenth display consisted 
of high and slack wire work, with 
Tetu Ilnrriman and Minnie Rooney 
(Continued on page 10; 

Binghamton, June 7. 
Dear Chick: 

You haven't heard from me for a 

r * 

few weeks because I have been too 
busy lining up a ball club to do any 
sheet and scratch stuff. A flock of 
local business men got together and 
bought this ball club, offering me 
the management at such good jack I 
decided to put my fighters in dry 
dock for the summer and collect a 
mob of apple knockers. 

We have been goln' good and are 
in third place In this league. I think 
I pulled one during the training sea- 
son that will get a rise out of Mc- 
Graw and all of the big leaguers. 
You know how ball players get hit- 
tin' to right field and doin' other 
things that they shouldn't do, and 
then try and correct the faults by 
guesswork? Well, I did away with 
all that this spring by having slow 
motion pictures taken of every o:ie 
of my club while they were up there 

When we run the pictures In front 
of the bunch over at the clubhouse 
you ought to have heard the cracks. 
Some of them had been swingin* 
late at the ball and pullin' all their 
lives, and never knew it until they 
seen It with their own eyes. One 
guy who had never hit over the size 
of his hat since he has been play in' 
ball is now -busting them on the 
snoot and up with the .300 babies 
for good. He used to take a step 
about a foot and a half too long, so 
that when he took a cut at the ball 
he didn't have enough leverage o 
get it past the infielders. He got a 
peek at himself on the screen and 
started to correct it. 

Another guy used to put his foot 
in the bucket so far that he nearly 
spiked the visiting bench. He start- 
ed practicin' with a bat laid on the 
ground behind his left foot, so that 
if he pulled he would sprain an an- 
kle, and now he Is hitting better 
than he ever done In his life. 

I had slow pictures taken of the 
mob buntin' and slidin' into a base, 
and it worked wonders. 

There isn't a guy on my club who 
can't put a runner down when he is 
ordered to, and most of them wers 
shamed into learnin' how by the 

Nothin' will get a rise out of a ball 
player quicker than the thought that 
he looks amateurish. You would be 
surprised at the number of ball 
players In the big league who don't 
know how to sacrifice. You'll send 
them up to the plate with a man on 
first and nono out, with everybody 
in the league knowln' they're goln' 
to bunt, and they take a cut at the 
first ball, then try to bunt the sec- 
ond, eight times out of ten poppin* 
into a double play. 

When some of them seen their- 
selvos hook slidin' there was a runh 
for the slidin' pit, and I could hardly 
drag them away to get some hat tin' 
practice. They kept at it until even 
the pitchers can book in on either 
side of a bag as good as anybody 
except Ty Cobb. When that guy 
croaks they'll have to screw him Into 
the ground. 

I have wired terms to Cuthbert 
and Algy, who are still with a show, 
and I expect that they'll turn up any 
day now. With that pair In the out- 
field I ought to come pretty close to 
coppin' the peanut In this league, If 
my pitchers hold up. Cuthbert Is 
doin' his female Impersonation, with 
Algy playln' straight, and they have 
been workin' pretty steady, but I 
think that when the sun hits them 
they will get a yen for the old apple 
orchard and report. 

Cuthbert will probably bring his 
wife with him, which means trouble 
for me. for me and his old lady get 
along like a couple of police dogs, 
but if Cuthcy can deliver the base 
knocks in the pinch I'll put up with 
that bag of his. I understand ho 
makes all her clothes and designs 
her hats, so It's barely possible that 
he and Algy wiM decide to go Into 
the millinery business this summer 
instead of chasing the oYange. I 
wish Bert Savoy could hit curvo 
halls, th^n I wouldn't have to worry 
about the Duchess. 

Keep your eyes on the standin' of 
the clubs m this league, and tell 
Hen Tone, Hilly Jordan and the rest 
of the mob to keep their eyes open 
for prospe<ts f«>r me I could use a 
couple of young pitchers that don't 
w int loo much j.t«k. Your pal. 



Under the auspices of the Vet- 
erans ot Fori igii Whim, the Con T 
Kennedy Carnivals did a terrific 
business four out of the seven days 
<May 22-27) in Decatur, 111. The 
other three dayi were spoiled only 
by rain This show played what is 
understood |0 DO a new lot for car- 
nivals, outside of the main portion 
of tho city. When paying an un 
Announced visit to this carnival on 
Friday, May 2I». the first thing which 
struck the refiewei was. tho thou 
winds of machines parked for 
blocks around the sHOW. There was 
no admission charge — in other 
words, a free gate So the general 
Impression is that the carnival 
must have given the V. F. W's a 

percentage on the gross 

The Con T. Kennedy shows can 
be put down in the Class 1 list or 
under the heading of "White List" 
• arnivals, although there arc scv- 
<ial things that Con T. Kennedy 
should give his personal atten- 
tion to. 

Whether it was the fact It was 
the day before having town < blow- 
off) or whether the hard work pre- 
vails all week is not known, but on 
this day the grind stores, bally- 
hoos and shows were working on 
all six and with full steam ahead 
The first Impression is that there 
must be dynamic force behihd this 
organization. In casual talks to at- 
taches of the carnival they all 
Speak of the owner and boss, Con T 
Kennedy, and one ii made to feel 
his personality prevails. 

The concessions of this carnival 
are all owned by one man, who. it 
is understood, pays Kennedy a flat 
sum for the privilege besides n per- 
centage on the intake. 

It was noticeable that there was 
not one wheel working on the 
grounds. Upon inquiry it was 
found that Decalur had barred 
wheels, but allowed other kinds of 
games of chance to run. The games 
which were on exhibition were all 
of the JO and 25 -cent species, and 
consisted of Hoopla < tossing rings 
around jewelry until the tosser won 
something). With every buy, or 10 
*l 25-rent purchase, the customer 
was given a small box of' candy and 
told that this was necessary so as 
to conform with the law of giving 
something for their money. 

There arc several games that 
among shrewd carnival owners arc 
said to be 100-to-l shots, and with 
the owner of the L«mc naturally on 
the big end. One of these games 
consists of a ball suspended on a 
chain with a bowling alley pin set 
up. The customer swings the ball 
forward, meeting the pin on the 
forward motion. Though not sound- 
ing difficult, it is almost impossible 
to do. There were several of these 
games running with beautiful dis- 
plays of merchandise to tease the 
possible winner. 

Another game, said to be another 
100-to-l shot, was crock bowls set 
up in rotation with the inside con- 
cave, with the purchaser trying to 
throw baseballs into tho bowls and 
making them stay there. After 
staying around this stand a half 
hour, with this concession securing 
a remarkable play, not one winner 
was noticed. This game at one 
time was a favorite trick in small 
town hotels when traveling men 
gathered for over Sunday. It was 
done with a plain water bowl and 
pitching coins. The game as played 
then paid 10 to 1. 

Another game that is said to be 
sure-fire is rolling a small ball 
down a miniature howling alley and 
to try to knock two miniature bowl- 
ing pins down at the same time. 
Still another game that can only be 
done after weeks of hard practice 
is to cover a four- inch red painted 
circle with four four-inch tin discs 
and not allowing any portion of the 
red circle to be visible 

These games sound simple, but 
arc all said to be next to impossible 
to do. Several other games was 
throwing leather darts at colored 
spots on a board If successful in 
making the daits stick into a red 
spot the winner is to receive a big 
prize. It is said that the backing 
behind the spots aic poitions of 
soft pine wood, all except the red 
ones, which Is hard mahogany wood, 
which makes it next to impossible 
foi the daits to stick in. There is 
also a fishing game, or fishing for 
numbers, that carries prizes, each 
fisherman receiving some kind of a 
prize. Several doll racks of stuffed 
dolls, with thiec balls sold for a 
quarter, with the dolls supplied 
behind in a gioove that made the 
player throwing accurately and 
swift with three dolls knocked en- 
tirely clear ot the board, giving the 
« iiftomer a large kewpie. 

These stands sooner or later are 
hi and to cause trouble to descend 
on the Con T. Kennedy shows un- 
less toned down. The elands were 
being inn by girls They were not 
not king behind the rail, but airiong 
the people They solicited their 
trade anion*- the younger boys and 
became vciy insistent that every 
«»ne take a chance, passing many 
i ....Hi remarks and euch phrases as 
"Make a baby " At one stand one 

customer became so proficient it 

necessitated Closing the stand and 
baiting him from the play 

The biggest confession on the lot 
was a square stand with a tremend* 
hum merchandise store, when the 

customers playeil- a game on the 
eider of keno, everyone purchasing 

a board with the word "lucky" 
spelled out and with five numbers 
running under each letter; the game [ 
keeper tailing out the letter and 
number and the player putting a 
kernal of corn on the number called. 
This, hke in all other games, ear- 
ned a small box of candy with ca< h 
purchase, with a grand prize given 
if there is only one keno. If there 
are two or more, choice was given 
between three packages of cigarettes 
or a half pound box of candy. Kasily 
100 players could be accommodated 
around tho counters. It received 
probably the most attention of all 
concessions, played by young and 
old There were other games like 
throwing a ball through a hole, etc. 
$ Although seeking a chance to play 
for money or trying to get a buy 
back on smaller prizes that he had 
won. this repeated was refused. 
The entire show was found devoid 
of this, in fact there was no 
gambling, outside . of tho above 
hundred to one shot games. 

Also different in this show it was 
found the . concessioners worked in 
front of their stands, "pulling" and 
trying to force the customers in. 

Among the paid admission shows 
that made up for the carnival was 
a pit show of midgets, a pit show 
of animals, snakes, reptiles, etc., a 
freak pit show composed of human 
freaks, and also a mystery show. 
In the mystery show the feature was 
"Sawing a Woman in Two," using 
two women, on the order of the 
Coldin style. 

Among the big front attractions 
was a girl .mow. It was noticed in 
this tent that during the ballyhoos 
and right after the girls, came out 
on the outside platform for their 
free exhibition, they sit in the tent 
with the customers. It, was only 
natural the town boys stood around, 
making facetious remarks to the 
girls. This could be easily elim- 
inated by having the girls step into 
a parting curtain until called for 
their next ballyhoo. Though doing 
nothing while out front on the 
ballyhoo, the girls should be kept 
strictly to dancing with their feet, 
while some were trying very hard 
to impress with wiggles. The show 
its. it is Just of the small time type. 
On another big front is exhibited the 
famous Russian dancers. The im- 
pression is attempted, they are sev- 
eral Egyptian dancers, with the 
ballyhoo given with that idea. Also 
with a front display is a mystic 
mind act, with a man reading and 
answering questions, and an athletic 
show with boxing and wrestling, 
drawing attention from the ath- 
letically inclined, with the ballyhoo 
announcing $1 to any local boy who 
can stay with the show's wrestlers 
for even one minute. Also a Noah's 
Ark, several* trick houses, an aero- 
plane ride, a ferris wheel, two large 
three abreast merry-go-rounds, a 
small single box child's merry-go- 
round and a whip, but the piece de 
resistance was the paid attraction 
called Hawaiian Village. 

This has always been so raw in 
many of the carnivals it has been 
done away with, but in the Con T. 
Kennedy Shows it is done in full 
blast, and either should be quieted 
down or done away with, as the rest 
of the attractions and amusements 
arc too good to be spoiled by it. 
Before the Hawaiian show are 
shown three male Hawaiians, with 
two girls. Orte of the girls looked 
like an Hawaiian, but the other was 
a small blend, not over 16 years old 
and pure white. In the ballyhoo the 
people were told that there were 10 
beautiful women inside the tent and 
that for "tonight only" they would 
do a Love and Passion dance that 
meant everything it implied. ''This 
dance had been barred in many 
cities, but for tonight they would do 
it," etc. It was a ballyhoo that 
could only mean one thing. The 
girls did a short grind cooeh dance 
that led one to believe that some- 
thing would we uncorked in the 
main tent. 

After paying admission, the same 
two girls and the same threo men 
did :.ll the work, with a very tame 
sort of entertainment, the girls not 
shaking nor dancing half as much 
on the Inside as on the ballyhoo. 
The men played am? sang with a 
steel guitar, banjo and ukelcle. 

It is this misrepresentation and 
appealing to the Senses that creates 
most of the distaste for the kind of 
a show and must hurt. The girls 
also passed remarks such as "shake 
it up, honey" that were unnecessary. 
The Con T. Kennedy Shows arc 
said to travel in 15 or 40 cars, mak- 
ing it the largest carnival in the 
United States. It is said that in 
Decatur it was found impossible to 
display all the shows an. I that five 
ears of attractions could not be 
shown, among them a water show, 
minstrel show and several other paid 

Kusiness was tremendous. With a 
little more judgment among the girls 
and concessions, this carnival easily 
makes the white list and would 
stand above reproach. 


(Continued from page 8) 

made to switch the route of the 
John Robinson show so that it 
could work the Canadian territory 
in conjunction with the Hagenbcck- 
Wallacc property. 

During these preparations the ex- 
amination of Canadian conditions 
went on the circus side. It was 
apparent that the -railroads would 
be benefitted by the, visits of the 
big tops, not only from train move- 
ments but through local passenger 
t rathe, such as excursions from rail 
points within 60 miles of circus 
stands. A special inquiry was made 
to check up the suspicion that the 
roads wcro over-estimating pros- 
perity for their own purposes and; 
this proved to be the case to the 
satisfaction of *hc circus men. The 
plan to route the John Robinson 
show into Canadian territory was 
abandoned before it had actually 
gotten under way, Although the 
Hagenbeek show crossed the border 
this week, playing Quebec Monday 
and Tuesday. As far as the route 
has been disclosed, the show appears 
to be heading west, with all indica- 
tions that it will travel across the 
continent to the Pacific coast, re- 
turning to winter quarters probably 
across Cie southern row of states. 
The present routing problem is how 
to lay out the mid-continental ter- 
ritory so that the show will arrive 
in the far Western Canada wheat 
country at such a time as to escApe 
the reaping and threshing period. 

The Sclls-Floto show played Bos- 
ton last week under strict orders. 
The same was true of the Newark, 
N. J., stand the week before. The 
show was exclusively a big top en- 
tertainment." The Sclls-Floto show 
didn't play the Newark stand last 
season although it arrived there and 
was ready to unload. There has 
ever since been a question whether 
rival circus men had brought that 
result about. 

An interesting line of inside gos- 
sip is coming gradually to the sur- 
face in connection with the Mug- 
gi van -Ballard operations. It has 
always been pretty definitely un- 
derstood that several of the carnival 
companies, of various grades, are 
owned either outright by the circus 
people or they have a hand in the 
management, but now it is reported 
tho Muggivan-Ballard people have 
a tremendous hold on the carnival 
field, having an interest in several 
of them and constantly increasing 
their holdings. 

While the Sclls-Floto show was 
moving through New Jersey an ex- 
traoidinary visitation of carnivals 
was reported in that state. A cir- 
cumstance commented upon by 
Variety in connection with the 
Hagcnbeck-Wallacc stand in Johns- 
town, Pa,, was that the Johnny 
Jones carnival occupied a lot just 
across the bridge fro.-a the old 
Meadowville lot upon which the 
circus was bc\ up. These and other 
similar circumstances whi« i point 
in the same direction give color to 
the inside story that Muggivan and 
Ballard are seeking to build up a 
string of carnival companies to 
route la conjunction with their cir- 

The advantages of such a system 
would be obvious. All the informa- 
tion th.vt the routing department 
collects at considerable cost could 
be applied to the routing of the car- 
nivals as well. The advance work 
and other executive administration 
could be combined, the claim ad- 
justment force could be consoli- 
dated, and in other ways the double 
cost could be cut in half. The cir- 
cus people have to carry the admin- 
istrative department costs anyhow. 





(Continued from page 5) 

showed undeniable betterments in its 
inside financial position and the re- 
ported lopping off of Western con- 
nections or~ht t,o have been reflect- 
ed in improvements market wise 
One market observer analyzed the 
situation this way: 

There is a large volume of Loew 
stock in lots of 200 to 1,000 shares 
still in the hands of speculators 
who picked it up between 12 and 
14. These holders arc loyal par- 
tisans of Loew, Inc., and believe in 
its future. At 18 they had a sub- 
stantial pa. er profit, but were 
abroad for a lone ride, due to their 
conviction that the property has 
great possibilities for the distant 
future. When the price wavered 
between 16 And 17 their hopes were 
for the moment balked and they be- 
gan cautiously to disporo of their 
holdings in 100 lots, anxious not to 
encourage a bad break by hurried 
liquidation. They still believed in 
the property, but they wanted to 
protect what profit they had on pa- 
per by realizing immediately, be- 
lieving that they could renew their 
interest later on at lower prices. 
The consensus appeared to be that 
Loew might move to slightly below 
15 before the decline was checked. 
It is said commission houses al- 
ready have buying orders at and 
slightly under 15. 

Orpheum Move Mystery 

The move in Orpheum is cloaked 
in mystery. Saturday it didn't 
come out at all. Then Monday the 
turnover was 1,800 shares, with a 
peak more than a point over the 
previous close. It dropped most of 
the gain Monday, and by Wednes- 
day was in low ground at J'.i'a A 
circumstance that may be signifi- 
cant was that on Monday Boston 
prices were slightly better than 
New York. Boston holdings are 
understood to be largely in the 
hands of local bankers. Not a trade 
came out in Chicago. 

Tho lummary of trAnnaotions June 2 to 
1 Inclusive is as follow*. 


Xnlr» High law. l.nnt. 

Fnm Play-l*... 2,400 8« 

Loew. inc 300 17 

Orph+vm ...... 600 19% 

Fam riay-I,... 

Do. pf 

l.oc\v, Inc 1.41K) i«% 

Orphr-urn 100 l\i% 

Hos»ton nol.1 40 Orpheum at 



IX 10 85% ST. M 



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The Ley Cabin, Jersey City, un- 

djej the management ot Billy 
C loon AM an.i John Ryan, w.i* 
scheduled to reopen Thursday with 

vaudeville ;md ph -lures. It Is an 

airdomc potently opened fot three 

days, but » Insed through having 
failed to set urc the proper city 



(Continued from page 9) 

supplying the thrills in the first 
ring, Three Nelson Sisters doing 
likewise on the platform and the 
Foui Kimball Sisters completing 
the mission on the other ring 

Novelty bareback riding by Reno 
McCrea and company and Joe llod- 
Kini and company were the com- 
ponents of the fifteenth display. 
Roth of the principals In this dis- 
play don "Poodles" Ifaunaferd ie- 
galia aadj makeup, but with llo.l- 
glnl still instilling his Individuality 
in his work, while MeCroa was an 
emulator of the automaton type. 

Display if> was a combination of 
rontortfoh, ball rolling, cycling and 


For »he seventeenth some more 

high ladder and perch work wan : - 

VCaled, With the Alleys, Ihe R. ■ 
nards and the Young*, supplying I he 
entei tamment. 

Af Ihe anticlimax the big CQU< ' 
Irian feature was introduced Tin m 
Wer< II women on beautiful steeds 
with Victor Bedini and Madam* 

Pam. Tlay 
Do. pf 

Itocw, Inc... 

Parn. IMay-L 
Do pf 

!*>cw, Inc. . . 

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8ft W 




8ft Vi 

4.400 M\ 

700 !i:><4 

1.100 10% 

1.8CO 20% 
Boston koIiI 310 Orpheum at 20 to 20% 

Fain. liay-L... 4 :»00 8C% 83 

lioew, Inc U200 U;% lft94 

Orphcimi 800 20 19% 

Honton ><ii.i r>o Orplicutn at 20. 

Fain. rta,y-L... 4,000 Rft% 83% 

Do pf 100 Oft Oft 

UMW. Inc.. .. 1.000 10 lft<% 

Orplicum 400 20 19% 













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shI<*i HlKS.Low.Laat, 

Ooldwyri 10 200 8% 

GoMwyn .. 7,800 8% 8% 

NatuidSty— \ 

Cloldwvn 2,100 8% I 8 

Monday — 
(Iotdw>n 8,100 8% "e% 

Coldw>n 1,800 8% 7% 

Ooldwyn 2,300 8 8 







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+ H 

Bedini holding the center of the 
stage. Madame Bedini, in the work 
here, establishes herself as the 
greatest living exponent of hi.;h 
school riding and training. Her 
mounts arc the peers of any ani- 
mals used for this type of work; 
ihey look* beautiful, work beauti- 
fully and without forced efforts on 
the part of the rider, It is just a 
case ot the equine knowing the 
mistress and the mistress knowing 
the equine, with the combined re- 
sult that the liaison established be- 
tween the two is letter perfect. For 
the comedy element of this display 
Slivers Johnson trotted out his old 

reliable "Maud the Mule - and went 
through a lot of grotesque imita- 
tions ot the star rider. 

Next was hurdling, by horses, to 
give a Chance to set tlu parapher- 
nalia ot the Nine Plying Wards, 
who performed a routine ot thrill- 
ing ami Sensational casting feats In 
mid air All oi the people in this 

troupe %re Individual performers, 

with each One having a unique and 
spectacular specialty to disclose 
While they are being « ;^\ to and 
I ro. 

Closing the performance Which 
ran two and one-hall hours wen 
the usual Hippodrome races, with 

II" downs, ponies, monkeys! mn- 
ncrt and disciples of Roman « harlot 
riding getting the last etach at a 

Well- sat ished and pleased audience 

Chicago, June 7. 
The 19th year of the Mc:isr«. BhtU 
bert in Chicago finds; them at the 
peak of their progress and wit$ 
still higher levels of activity loom* 
ing ahead. In 19 years the firm has 
progressed from the control of one 
theatre to the control of eight, and 
next year promises to add two more 
modern structures to its manage* 
ment. Under the direction of John 
J. Oarrity, general western manager 
during tho past nine years, their 
growth has been especially rapid, 
and today eight local houses, the 
CJarrick, Htudebaker,- Central, 

Princess, La Salle, Playhouse, Apollo 
and Great Northern constitute the 
largest group of theatres operated 
by any firm in the -city. 

Although the CJarrick called at 
various Wmes the Schiller and 
Dearborn before the Messrs. Shu- 
bert secured 4t In 1903, has dis- 
played on its boards more gn .t 
stars than any other theatre out* 
side New York city, and has estab- 
lished records for receipts, th** 1 sue. 
cess of the firm in the Studcbaker 
has been conspicuous also, long 
runs being the rule and certain sea- 
sons resulting in a great profit. 

J. J. Hhubort himself managed 
the (Jarrick in those first days of 
the Shubcrts' invasion of Chicago, 
Chas. A. Bird assisting. 

The Princess was next acquired, 
being leased from the Binge r in- 
terests. Last year it was pur- 
chased outright from the Singers. 
The Great Northern was next 
leased, beu^, turned back after two 
years, although it was acquired 
again last autumn when, wilh Soth- 
crn and Ma::owe in Shakespearian 
repertoire, it demonstrated that tho 
business acumen of its new pro- 
proctors was most timely. For five 
years the organizations operated the 
American Music. Hall on South 
Wabash street until business fore- 
sight showed them that with the 
changing population it would 
eventually become unprofitable. 

Another feature of the steady and 
certain character of the firm's 
growth was its spectacular leasing 
of A. If. Woods' Apollo just before 
its opening and the conversion of it 
into the home of the highly success- 
ful vaudeville '-enturo, known as 
Shubert Vaudeville. 

When th two new theatres are 
erected in this same Randolph street 
section the dominance of the Shu- 
berts in Chicago will be overwhelm- 

A great part of the success of the 
Shuberts in the Windy City has 
been due to tho highly organized 
business methods of J. J. (&rrity f 
who, while preserving the best tra- 
ditions of live exploitation and 
showmanship, has with the utiliza- 
tion of extiemely large and well 
aranged mailing lists, circularising 
systems, etc , established an atmos- 
phere about the Shubert olficeo 
usually to be found only in banks 
and institutions far from the tern- 
pcrament anil, turmoil of the the- 
atrical world. N 

Chicago's theatrical history has 
grow i steadily with the rise of the 
Shuberts In the amusement busi- 
ness. It was J. J. Shube.t who Mis- 
covered" Chicago, when other the- 
atrical producers looked upon it,as 
an outpost. The fact that thia 
firm sent its best attractions stead- 
ily year atter year to Chicago, and 
that it has increased its holdings, 
proves in itself the fact that the 
Messrs. Shubert have great faith in 
Chicago and its people. 

The Shuberts have always given 
Chicago the ' st, and Chicago has 
alwiys respond.! in wonderful 

With its eight theatres now in 
operation and two moie contem- 
plated, the Shuberts will have 
greater holdings in Chicago than in 
any other city outside of New York. 

The new venture ot Shubert 
vaudeville was tiuniy Intrenched in 
the hearts .,i Chicago amusement 
seekers with this seasen at the 
Apollo, but next season itv success 
is expected to be even greater at 
anothci house, probably the Gar rick. 
What house will be used for vaude- 
ville has not yet been annomued, 
but wb&tevei home it in the vaude- 
vitle-going public of Chicago, can 
rest assuini that it is going tO get 
top Sli peiioi inane » h. 


Mi. and P/Im, m.,x ||,,| ( hn <ll"l- 

den and tlraham), May f.. at licl- 

bourne, Australia, son. 

Mr and Mrs. Joseph V. |Btl»«tef! 
Kcatcij, June 3, -at JLos Angeles, son, 

iy , jjme 9, 1922 



Trade Mark Registered 

Weekly by VAKIinV. I no. 


Sime Silverman. President 
Weet 4«th Street New York City 


■ IT I Foreign $ft 

^"copi;-::.. *»c.nt. 

VOI* LXVII. v *$£&»*» 

i. 'i 

No. 3 



By I. H. HERK 

American vaudeville in recognized 
the beat variety entertainment 
in the world—when the bill i* a 
itrong one. The weakness -of 
vaudeville ha* been the uneven - 
ness of the bills offered. Papons 
would be enthusiastic one Week and 
return expecting to see . something, 
as good pnly to be disappointed by 
i weak or badly arranged program. 
It la the object of the. AfnlMted 
Theatres Corporation in present ing 
Shubert vaudeville to remedy these 
defects by creating units of well- 
balanced vaudeville acts combined 
with revues of the highest char r 
actor. . . ». 

There is nothjng new under the 
sun— and nothing new is needed, so 
far as the individual elements of 
entertainment are concerned, More 
effective selection and combination 
are the essentials of success. These 
require both experience in old 
methods and the gifts; of Invention, 
boldness. Judgment and ins':n'ctfve 
feeling for that which will appeal 
to the public. The leaders fn Wis 
new development 'of vaudeville have 
demonstrated* rheir possession of 
Just these qualifications.*' 

Building a vaudeville program, 
like building a house, has no mys- 
tery about it. The foundation must 
be well laid, the materials must be 
of the best and the structure must 
be put together With a due cause 
of proportion. This is the secret 
of the success that his marked the 
unit plan from the Very first. Only 
the best performers are employed. 
And every effort is made to develop 
the best there is in each one. Some- 
times an essentially ' good actor 
fails for lack of co-operation on the 
part of the manager. 

While due regard must be had to 
economy, no •money is spared In 
giving full value to every act. There 
is all the difference in the world 
between eliminating waste of money 
and saving at the expense of the 
enterprise. In t-hie case a generous 
•policy has proven superior to 'the 
penny-wise and pound-foolish atti- 

In an enterprise that covers na- 
tional territory much responsibility 
must be placed in the hands of the 
various producers and others who 
carry out the corporation plans. 
These men are all chosen with the 
greatest care on the basis of their 
records. But If any fail to roach 
and maintain the highest standards, 
they are eliminated and stronger 
men substituted. The beauty of 
this type of organization lies in its 
flexibility combined with firmness. 
As time goes on it will grow 
stronger and better balanced. The 
members and associates of all kinds 
will absorb its traditions and ac- 
quire increased loyalty to its stand- 

Only the best theatres will be 
selected for tb^e exploitation of pur 
Units. Every possible clement of 
danger or annoyance to patrons will 
be eliminated;. .As' a matter, of 
course, absolute fireproof, structures! 
will be Insisted upon and theatre 
owners will be held to strict ob- 
servance of law in every respect. 
Jt is the purpose of our corporation 
jo build up in the minds of the 
tneatregoing public an unshakable 
conviction that Shubert vaudeville 
is synonymous with high -class en- 
tertainment, safety, comfort and 
Cor \ .e service. 


The rage of Russian and colored theatricals is causing a change fn 
the up-to-date young ladies' attire. Russian boots with Southern' planta- 
tion cotton-picking bonnets seems to be the proper thing. 

Several Irish restaurants are installing Russian rooms and intend to 

dres>s the waiters up in smocks. 

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Southerners who come to New York to get a new atmosphere are 
forced to eat in lunch rooms or think they are back In "Song-writers' - 
sure-flre-land," very often called Dixie. 

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If it Iceeps on. next season's restaurant and theatrical advertising will 
read soar* .jibing like this: 

Glitter Theatre— ^The Mofcow Madcaps, presenting a rural story of 
Russia, with music. Hear the big Moscow 'song hit, "Ruble. Ruble. I've 
Been Thinking." Russian tea will be served between beards. . 

.. i 

Roberneu^ys Restaurant— Kvery thing frojh the South, including the 
wind. ;Sev Uu.* new Southern, revue, "Virginia Cut" — smoking and chew- 
ing. TkhUxi reserved, Cash or Liberty.Bonds taken. , . 

Gayviray Opera Hour,e— Kuffcowfky'ft Ciddjovichs of 1982. Enjoy your- 
self in Jfar away Russia'. See the funny scene in the Siberia salt mlnes-^ 
full of i pepsky. Hear ex-Wrlncess Smdko eing the Russian folk aoitg, 
"My L,6ve Is Lik^ the Caviare-IPs Spread 'All Over -Yo»." The ushers 
have taften instructed lo- 'accept my kopecks. • • ' •• * • '* ' ■■ • • - 

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traveling circus. A suggestion is said to have been mads Involving 
the buy of a smaller circus for $1,000 dally for six days. With star 
members of the Lights added to the performing personnel of the circus. 
and the Lights then not playing augmenting the clown division and the 
parade, it was thought by the majority of the Lights gathering economy 
could be practiced and at the samo time by billing the show as "The 
Lights Circus." as much business done. Last summer when the Llghta 
held its own circus for a day on Its grounds In Frccport the circus 
played to a gross of $4,000. It would cost the club $1,600 a day, it is 
said, to rent a big top and secure equipment; were It to operate a 
newly organized temporary circus. The formal opening of the Lignts 
may not be held until the end pf June. 

Julian Eltinge closed his vaudeville season last week at the Palace, 
New York. He had been continuously playing since recovering from 
the operation for appendicitis last fall. That operation has obliged 
another which Mr. Eltinge will Immediately undergo. The wall of his 
stomach has broken .s t'^e result of the first operation. When the 
second period with toe surgeons is- ended Eltinge will return to his 

Los Angeles estate. 

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An act of seven or eight people coming Into the Palace, New York, 
quite recently, played under odd conditions. The producer told the 
people it is custorjiary in vaudeville to play the first two weeks on a , 
half -salary basis, through acts having to take a "break in" salary for 
that length of time. As the act had played but one and one-half weeks , 
of "break in'*" tune prior to the Palace date, the producer told the bunch 
.they would have to play on half salary for the first half of the Palace 
engagement, receiving full salary tor the final half. This was equivalent 
to three-quarters of their full salary for the week. 



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Fallguy 1 Inn— Have a rrieaV'mia the cottort field's. Hear those darkies 
singing while you eat ahd watch "The Col ton Pickers' Frolic.** Fifty 
cultured artist* d'.rect from the cotton fields, Sdiitherfi cooking. South- 
ern dbihes. 1, SOUthertt fruit*. New York waiters. Mohs. Francois* La 
1 , .lanc, [the famous" French eTief, fs in charge 6T our kitchen. ; Southern 
hospitality: Order 1 yoiir table early*. No cheques ' caslted. ' • •■■• 

Leghorn- Theatre— M. KiVhkus presents t»he famous Russian drama, 
"The Cossack's Curse." with 75 women and children beating Cossacks. 
Spend* jUro and' a half .hours 'midst the misery/ of ' the late Czar's old 
homestead.' "Bring the children." , , . . 

'VI — '• ' • • 

Botttttta' Roost Road House— Just the plade to dine. Special Southern 
feature* "The Pullman Porters* 'Parade." JA vision from beyond' the 
'MasoniPixon line from the days ' before ,the' whr.' "Hear" •'Smiling" 
' HasUt sing. "The Tooth Brush Blues." Special rates to -dys- 
peptics, .... .» . • ' • / ' " ' u >" J 

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Speairem'a Music Hall— D. Aarn Itt's Russian Circus. The animal Mfe 
of Russia before your eyes. Russian wolfhounds, Russian sables, Rus- 
ian dancers. Russia*, acrobats, including the famous Zoolak Troupe of 
Petrog: d Pipe Puffera. . See "Countess** Whinney, the famous bearded 
Russian horse, do his famous trotsky. "No herrings admitted. 

William, Songwriter, recently returned from the coast, reports 
there is quite a "tin pan alley" colony on the west coast. Bryan Foy, 
Ballard Macdonald and Murray Roth, New York songsmttlis, are busy 
on the Fox lot,. grinding out comedy ideas. Coleman Gocts and Vincent 
Bryan are also in Hollywood, interested in jazzing up <he screen. All 
are of the common complaint that Hollywood' la really not' so' exciting 
as one might be led to believe from the newspapers— at least, as ,fur as 
they are concerned; 

For some reason every other national newspaper In writing the obit- 
uary of the., late. Harry. Williams, songwriter, whu died ' on the" cdast 
recently,, mentioned him. as the .author of "Tipperary." In a laws lift 
arising over that international song hit. Williams at great inconvenience 
testified he was not the Williams who Wrote the song. An 'englishman, 
also Harry Williams by name, wrote it in collaboration with Jack Judge.. 



• Squirm's Casino — The nifty place to satisfy the inner man. Southern 
dishes/ Special added attraction, the big revue of color, "Hello, Razor." 
Hear the big song hit, "Gillette Ain't Done. No Favos Fo' Me." Extra 
feature, Prof. "Cottonhead Perdcins, in his famous • mystery trick, 
"Sawing a Chicken in Half." Southern gravy, Southern service, ; Coca 
Cola. Tables reserved by telephone, telegraph or radiophone. Bank 
references required. Northern Southerners welcome. ~ .>'••< 

The recent decision by the U. S. Supreme Ceurt that baseball Is not 
interstate, commerce, seem* to have raise* the point once more a thong 
theatrical attorneys as to. the effect of that deefs'ion on theatricals when 
the Sherman Act is sought to be 'applied. The same point ha* Arisen , 
before, jseverbl times in several different ways and from several, Judicial 
bodies.! In connection, the U. S. Supreme Court some months ago in 
another master not theatrical, but bringing in non -interstate commerce 
as a defense, the court held that as a brokerage had been charged, the 
business must bo stamped as commerce. Some counsellors set up that 
one decision may be cited as well as the other as far as theatricals are 
concerned, and before the same court actually passes upon the status of 
theatricals in any action brought under the! Sherman Act. There, ha- e 
been some theatrical decisions of more or less Importance on theatricals.. 
in this phase, but each action appears to go to its own conclusion with- 
out accepting' a previous opinion as a precedent. - ► - 

Several of the prominent figures In the Orpheum circuit have been in 
New York the past 10 days. Among them, have been reported repre- 
sentatives of the banking Interests behind Orpheum. The object of the . 
| gathering appears to have been In line with Orphcum's recently acjile 

There are so many actors I the local race tracks this season that the tever ^efficiency. Tho visit, to New York' came about through a de- 

sire on the part of the Orpheum g roe p. .according to account, to- see if 
efficiency couldn't be inserted into quotations on acts' salaries for Or-. 
pheum's routes. To actively go into this, the story says, the Orpheum 
people thought they would need eastern co:- operation, but. so far have 
been unsuccessful in securing it. • • 

bookmakers seem happier than ever. 


Kven the horses seem to smile while they are being led back to the 


The Yorkville Sun," a sectional 
weekly of New York City, promot- 
ing the interests of the neighbor- 
ed known as Yorkville. has start - 
* a Ca mpaign against the reform 
Propaganda and "blue law:." mak- 
ing a stand for the theatre. 


Dr. W. B. Thompson, |h: 
*"<> Played a few weeks in 
vii IS around New y urhi ta Kl>u , K t0 

falfrt 11 VCry HOim - U '* :,ail ' ■■ ' 
J t0 agret U I >0M v ' hat h0 w;,s 
ort n to vaudeville over here. 

Managers have not yet appointed anyone to ''Judge Landis-Will Hays" 
them. Probably waiting until the other half of America returns from 

Reports from Berlin say German marl:.} arc easy to get, but American 
marks are easier. 

im. The many changes of late In the Orpheum's offices at Chicago 
suggests a strict efficiency policy ban been placed into full force and 
effort. Rumors arouxid persist in saying that Beck and Charles K. 
Bray have a harmonious understanding, though Bray left the Orpheum 
organization some months ago at San Francisco. 

T.'ee Shubert is reported with another and added grolich against FJ. 
F. Albee.' The latest is said fo have dropped up when Albee appeared 
before the meeting of the Columbia Amusement Co. (burlesque) members 
and producers, urging them to solidly resist any attempted invasion of 
their precincts and pledging the Keith support in any effort they made. 
That looked more like Albee adroitly tacking on the Columbia forces 
than stiffening up the Columbia, but Lee is said to have accepted the 
circumstance as another declaration on the Keith's part. The vaude- 
ville opposition was quite peaceful last season through Keith's adopting 
a thoroughly business method of combatting it. while tho Shuberts were 
busy enough in their own oltiees. but opposition is opposition. Pretty 
nearly all sh«»w business, excepting th.t which might receive the worst 
of an encounter, believes everything is about fair in opposition fights. 

The Lights Club of freeport, I* I. held a meeting Sunday at the 
Clubhouse to talk about its formal opening day. also its contemplated 

ack Elliott, recently resigned 
•ana^or of Keith's 
l0 *ngstnwn 



arrived in New 

denied thit he \v.»s to return ti> 

tho Hippodrome before next sen.- 

ROff's OP !'i:iu. 

J. H. Lt.bln, Loew hOOklm m'n- 
agei*; has a new Studebaker limou- 

Leo O'hzon, porter fof Arthur 

Wife »c<ently by slashing her 
lothea, Leo »<r>ent several days in 
»'i • TpmbS on the charge tt mi»li- 
, ions mischief, but his boss suc- 
. ceded in getting him freed last 
I- rnl.iv. 

Cit* Tuesday, KlUott UorWltS, displayed affection lor his 

Gladys Hall, formerly in "Take It 
from M<\" enne to the Cpusf, 
motoring to Los Angeles. 

^he Siiubert-Keith cartie up in the Syracuse, N. Y., courts the 
other day in an unusual way. Unusual, because It is seldom a defendant 
Insists upon trial. The Keirh office in the Shubert action is the def»ud- 
ant. Keith's attorneys asked the court for Immodiate trial, on the plea 
their witnesses were now prepared to testify, and they wanted the 
matter disposed of. The Keith attorneys cited particularly K. F. All). \ 
whom, they said, could give valuable testimony at present through ha 
physical condition, but they had no moans of knowing, as Mr. Alhce is 
63 years of age, what his condition might be at some future adjourned 
date. William Rubin, -the Syracuse attorney for the Shuberts, asked 
for delay, on the ground J. J. Shubert is in Europe. The court answered 
the Shuberts' attorneys knew of the peading case, and if they allowed 
an important witness to leave the country that was th?ir error. It re; 
fused to adjourn, and the case will probably be tried in Syracuse this 
month. The Shuberts are demanding a half interest in Keith's big lime 
vaudeville theatre in Syracuse, an accounting of profit*, and a legal 
declaration they are the holders to the extent of CO per cent, in the 
Keith's Syracus vaudeville franchise. It is the former Keith's fran- 
chise held Jointly by Keith's and the Shuberts on the Grand opera house. 
Syracuse, that the- present case is founded upon. The late Joe Jac »ba 
woull have been an important witness for the ShubeHs, while tho 
Keith side says the late R. F. and A. Paul Keith would have been equally 
as important for their side, leaving the question of testimony on wliat- 
ever matter may be introduced between E.jP. Albee and Lee Shubert* 

Every German is full of ambition to mike his mark. 

It a great summer for the "Stay-at-home" acrobata 



Accounts from Chicago appear to agree the Orpheum circuit is rrtalnly 

under the direct operation just now of Joe Finn, Marcus Helman and 

B. H. Cahane. Finn and lieiman were partners before the Orpheum 

Consolidated their middle western houses in the Orpheum, Jr.'s split - 

Week group. Mr. Cahane is the secretary of the corporation, also Its 

attorney. None of the stories touch upon the matters that may come 

under the supervision of Martin Beck, president of the Orpheum. In 

*New York Mr. Beck is at his offices in the Palace Theatre Bldg.. 

New York daily and the Orpheum's main booking office Is there with Whether Harry Mundorf when going abroad for the Keith office to 

secure foreign acts for Keith time over here knew of fhe agreement 
H. B. lyiarinelli has with Keith's ort foreign bookings, is, of co&rse, ' iih- ' ' 
known, but it now Seems Mundorf was also working for Marinelli. while 
abroad. Upon Mundorfs return Marinelli informed the Keith office he 
would expect commission as per his agreement upon all foreign -acts 
booked by Keith'e direct. Marinelli is said to have been allowed that 
commission. Mundorf booked about 20 foreign turns that are. to come 
over in the fail, and probably more to follow. The circumstance may ' 
make unnecessary Marlnelli's proposed trip to Europe this sumrnor. 

The raymes. with the Palace (New York) for the excuse, that have 
been appearing of late weeks In Variety, at the head of the vaudeville 
show reviews, have been written by Blanche Merrill. Other names have 
been signed to them, but for the purpose of indicating the manner or 
style of speech of the principal person mentioned in the verso. Lske 
Belle Raker last week. In each pf fhe poe^ns Miss Merrill sought to 
convey an Intimate style of the person mentioned, prosing to the manner 
of speech, l'erhaps a better example would be the verse credited to 
Bert Savoy several weeks ago. Mise Merrill has hR off the style of 
those si i composes for in a remarkable manner. It Is something en- 
tirely new in rhyming, and especially as Miss Merrill does It, waiting 
until the last moment. If Variety goes to press at six Wednesday, it 
may be depended upon that the Merrill copy will reach here about 6.50. 

Some years ago Variety received anonymous verses by mail, criticising 
vaudeville hhovvs in and around New York. They came in for several 
weeks, aptly rhymed, and telling a critical story In a pleasing way. Each 
letter wis si^nec 'Blanche." No address and nothing to identify the 
writer. A note was placed in Variety, askiag "Blanche" to reveal her- 
self, which she did. It was Blanche Merrill. Miss Merrill continued 
versifying lor Variety for some time,. meanwhile teaehing hcIiooI in Lon.; 
Island ^ity. where she then lived. Later she gave up schooling for 
show waiting. Probably one » of tho hrighb-fd minds among theatrical 
writers, she, like Tommy (Irey, who clasHO. the same among the men* 
just won't sit down and take it seriously. 

i • . , , .t 

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Friday, June 9, 1| 




15,000 Nightly Dancing on North and South Sides — 
£0,000 a Night on Week-ends — Loop Managers 
Fail to Analyze Absence of Box Office Sale 

Chicago, June 7. 

On the extended querying now 
going on among Ihe loop theatre 
managers as to what has completely 
somersaulted the type of individ- 
uals who proceed to the box office 
windows of loop theatres within 
half an hour of curtain time and 
make cash purchases, and what has 
totally made absent the giggling 
young couples, who in the recent 
yesteryear have made merry the 
atmosphere of the loop before and 
after theatre performances, Variety 
has gone out and found facts in a 
very perilous situation for future 
welfare of loop legit managers. 

At this time the loop managers, 
at least some of them, may be 
passing off the concerned querying 
with altogether too light a vein of 
thought and consideration but, just 
as sure as this is (tie seventh day 
of June, a new situation has arisen 
in Chicago that is bound to extend 
detrimental, if not wholly disas- 
trous, effects to the Saturday ana 
Sunday night receipts at loop the- 
atres. With the week-end capacity 
trade slipping — and it has' been 
slipping for more than five months 
— tho^egit theatre managers in the 
loop will have to look around for 
the reason for it. Variety has found 
that Chicago's entertainment is for- 
saking the loop by leaps n.nd 
bounds, establishing itself, instead, 
in the areas known as the North 
and South sides. 

To some who are commenting up- 
on the utter "deadness" of the loop 
streets the moment curtain time is 
reached, and particularly after the 
theatre, when the usual merry 
throngs are missing at downtown 
cafe.", with those who do go to the 
theatres making a bee line for either 
the North or South sides, the solu- 
tion of the new change of night life 
for Chicago merrymakers is now 
Visible, and the wisest of showmen 
claim it behooves theatre owners to 
unite and consider the rapidly 
changing conditions with more seri- 

There are those who have finan- 
cial interests in loop theatres, who 
are not residents of Chicago, who 
come here and realize Chicago is 
in the loop. That's a badly mis- 
taken idea. At one time it was the 
truth. But times have changed and 
Chicago centres of amusement have 
changed with them . 

Two mammoth dance halls, with 
their elaborate double offerings of 
extra inducements for the visitors. 
are the whole cause of the merry 
throngs forsaking the loop. In the 
whirl of modern day improvements 
and the double dish of entertain- 
ment the visitors find in these un- 
believably arrayed dance halls, the 
youthful Chicago public, not to 

mention the older class, drawn more 

closely together with the younger 
set these days because of various 
crazes springing up in the younger 
class which, naturally, the older 
folks want to observe, and do at- 
tend to get an eyefull, has switched 
to a new road for the expenditure 
of entertainment money. The road 
to the loop isn't as crowded a.; it 
was, and unless something is done 
to give opposition to the new direc- 
tion of entertainment for the loop 
theatres, Chicago isn't going to 
have the usual number of long-run 

If the statistician will produce the 
rapidity with which plays in Chi- 
cago have had their runs cut short 
for the past year and one-half, per- 
haps the findings of Variety will be 
studied. It is a struggle to gel a 
ten weeks' run in Chicago now and, 
while it is true certain shows do 
hold the oldtime runs, the number 
that flop before the eighth or ninth 
week is reached conclusively prove 
that there is a new era of theatrical 
atmosphere hereabouts. 

So important have these dance 
halls become that the wisest of 
loop theatre owners have started an 
investigation, calling in the License 
Board officers at City Hall to as- 
certain the fairness of the license 
tax that are made for various sorts 
of entertainment privileges in Chi- 

It is said the owners of entertain- 
ment spots in the north and south 
sides 4 are getting away with "mur- 
der" in the matter of assessments, 
and the wrath of the loop theatre 
managers, who are taxed beyond 
what conditions now prove they can 
cover financially successful, is grad- 
ually rising so speedily that a good 
clash is expected this summer in 
the endeavors of the respective 
parties to battle for their rights. 
City Hall authorities expect it and 
are prepared for it. 

The outcoming is apt to com- 
pletely revise the center of Chicago's 
amusements and thoroughly encour- 
aged the Shuberts to go in stronger 
for the idea of erecting a new legit- 
imate theatre on the North Side, 
with its population of 800,000. 

A taxi ride, such as the Variety 
man made last night to such places 
as Dreamland, 1761 Van Buren 
street; Arcadia, 4450 Broadway; 
Guyon's Paradise, 124 N. Crawford 
street; Hunting House, 4616 N. 
Clark and 4823 N. Kenzie streets; 
Vista Gardens, 824 B. 47th street; 
Palisades, 120 N. Crawford; Merry 
Garden. 644 Cottage Grave, and 
Driscoll'8 Dreamland, 3829 W. Mad- 
ison street, quickly tells what ails 
the new conditions of night merri- 
ment in the loop district. The crowds 
at all these places indicated a night 
before a holiday trade, but it 
(Continued on page 21) 


$20,000 "Angel" Proposition 

Passed Up — Alleged Barter 

for Alienation Suit 


Belasco Players Open with Leads 
from Gnrrick Stock 

"Washington, D. C, June 7. 
The new Pclasco Players at the 
Shubert Belasco opened Sunday 
night to a capacity house in Sacha 
Guitry's "Sleeping Partners." Karlc 
Koxo and Wanda Lyon, former leads 
of the Uarrick Theatre stock, art 
heading this organization. The 
opening bill gives Mr. Foxe a "near 
monolog," which he handles excep- 
tionally well. 

Will lis Clark appears as the hus- 
band, while Jay Strong, last season 
here with the (Jarriek Players, ap- 
pears as the servant. All give 
capable performances Lumsden 
Hare directed the piece, while Wil- 
liam Schaefe, Jr., is the scenic 

Arthujr Leslie Smith, who is pre- 
senting the company, was treasurer 
of Mutual Productions, and this 
company is what mii'ht be termed 
an "upshot" of the inner misun- 
derstandings of the business heads 
of the first company. 

Next week the company is doing 
"The Ouija Hoard," to be followed 
by "Getting Gertie's Garter." It is 
the intention of Mr. Smith to pi« 
sent New York successes that have 
never been seen locally. 


Opening "Pinwheel" at Carroll 
New Names to Broadway 

Richard Herndon will have two 
new attractions uader his manage- 
ment. First to appear will be "Pin- 
wheel," designed along revue lines, 
which will open at the Earl Carroll 
theatre Monday. Michio Itow, Jap- 
anese dance star, will be featured. 
The show will be made up of 20 
dance numbers, songs and comedy, 
with a company of 36 players. 

In the show in addition are names 
new to Broadway, including Mar- 
guerite Agneil, Anita Kntcrs, Rosa- 
lyn Fuller. Margaret Pettit, Valecia 
Sorec, B«nla Gluckoff. Zoltan Hecht, 
Yugi Itow, Sarat La Hin and Yasuhl 

"That Day" a new drama by Louis 
Anspacher has also been secured by 
Herndon. It will be tried out dur- 
ing July. 


"Shore Ix'ave," the new starring 
vehicle for Frances Stair produced 
by David Belasco, is scheduled to 
open August 5 at the Lyceum, New 
York. Th company appeared two 
w« out f town in the piece and 

hat, b» < n disbanded until the New 
York opening. 

Manuel Herrick, Congressman 
from Oklahoma, who has broken 
into the pagee of the dailies be- 
cause of his self conducted beauty 
contest and an alleged breach of 
promise suit for $50,000, has again 
caused considerable interest. This 
time th* lady, Anna Nuebel, it is 
stated, called at his office in the 
House Office Building and offered 
to drop her breach of promise suit 
if the Congressman would invest 
$20,000 in a play in which she would 
be starred, named "Paradise Alley." 

The Congressman stated he not 
only refused to donate the money, 
but that he feafed no legal action 
on the part of Miss Nuebel. He 
states he has been taken for a hick 
Congressman and that the suit 
against him which has caused so 
much publicity has never even been 
filed and that he and his attorney 
had made a thorough search of the 
court records of New York and 
could find nothing. At a recent in- 
terview Congressman Herrick had 
the son of another Congressman 
concealed behind a book case and 
with the result that he presented a 
sworn copy of the conversation 
that took place between the lady 
and himself. 

The Congressman stated that the 
interview ended in this manner: 
"Furthermore, I want to inform you 
that you thought you could slander 
a hick Congressman with impunity 
just because he happened to be a 
farmer, but if necessary I will teach 
you that I am not a hick Congress- 
man after all, and that I know New 
York about as well as you do. I 
have been there and retained Ull- 
man & Hunting, and I will further- 
more inform you that I know more 
about your past than you have any 
idea. I know enough about you to 
raise the hair on your head, as you 
are in the habit of saying, but I 
will be guided by circumstances. It 
will be according to whether you 
stop this monkey business or not." 

Since a number of ^interviews 
have appeared in the local press as 
emanating from the Congressman, 
he has practically refused to talk, 
the interviews being the instiga- 
tors of a great deal of mirth. In a 
typewritten statement he said that, 
actuated by her manager, Carl 
Helm of New York City, the plan 
of financing the show was submit- 

The Congressman Is emphatic 
that he will not marry the actress; 
that she doesn't want to marry him, 
Just wants his money, but, on the 
other hand, Miss Nuebel states: 
"Yes, after all that has been said 
and done in the newspapers and 
the harsh things that have been 
said about me, I am still willing to 
marry him, and if he were to say 
the word that ceremony would be 
performed tomorrow." She also 
said that the Congressman's "am- 
bitions" and her own conflicted in- 
asmuch as he wants to live in Okla- 
homa with her, whereas she de- 
sired him to go on the stage with 

"More monkey business" is the 
manner in which Congressman Her- 
rick styles the whole affair. 

Placed Last Friday, Just 
Ahead "Follies" Opening — 
Geo. Choos Complains * 

The sudden appearance of the 
luminous paint costume idea in 
"Good Morning, Dearie" last Friday 
was the subject of complaint this 
week of George Choos, who secured 
the rights from Sauvage, a Parisian 
inventor. The novelty is made one 
of the features of the new "Follies," 
Choos having turned it over to F. 
Ziegfeld on a royalty basis calling 
for the payment of $400 weekly to 
Choos. The latter inserted a state- 
ment about the matter in this issue 
of Variety. 

Choos stated that C. B. Dilling- 
ham did secure the privilege of 
using the luminous paint before he 
purchased the rights from Sauvage, 
but complained that it was not until 
the eve of the "Follies" premiere 
that the idea was placed in "Dearie." 
Two costumes with the special 
preparation are shown in the 
"Kalua" number. In the lace num- 
ber for the "Follies" there are 60 
costumes with the luminous paint. 
The cost of the scene is placed at 

Dillingham and Ziegfeld are part- 
ners with Erlanger in the control 
of the New Amsterdam and other 
theatres, the trio ateo being jointly 
concerned in productions, of which 
the "Follies" is said to be one. 
Some time ago Dillingham stated 
that Ziegfeld just could not stop 
trying to wean artists away from 
other managers. Ziegfeld made no 
reply other than "Charlie is kid- 
ding,'* and has made no comment 
regarding the insertion of the nov- 
elty into "Dearie." The luminous 
paint idea was first shown in the 
"Music Box Revue," Sauvage also 
being the designer of it. 

MAY REACH $26,1 

Mostly Realized by Auction 

Sale— Frank Carter's 

Estate, $14,000 


Chorus Man and Stage Manager 
Convicted of Bigamy and Perjury 


San Francisco, June 7. 

Leo Ditrlchstein, who is appear- 
ing in a series of plays at the Cen- 
tury here, will close his tour in San 
Francisco at the end of the present 

"The Unloved Wife," which 
played a week at the Orpheum, 
Oakland, and drew $4,200, closed 
last week in Sacramento. 

Pauline Frederick With Mother 
Ogdensburg. N. Y., June 7. 

Recovering from a slight opera- 
tion undergone in a New York hos- 
pital, Pauline Frederick has re- 
turned here, her home town, to 
spend the summer with her mother 

Her husband. Dr. Charles Ruther- 
ford, will later Join his wife here. 

Toronto, June 7. 

Cay nor R. Miller was sentenced 
to two years in the Kingston (Can.) 
penitentiary by Magistrate Jones 
June 2 in the local police court. 

Miller had been chorus man and 
stage manager with "And Very 
Nice, Too," playing here several 
weeks ago, when Miller, registered 
at the Arlington Hotel as George 
Miller,* married 16-year-old Thelma 
Budd, daughter of the hotel's pro- 

His conviction for bigamy fol- 
lowed testimony showing Miller 
had married Mrs. Perseus A. Web- 
ster in 1918 in New York. The per- 
jury charge was through Miller 
stating the girl's age as 18 when 
making application for the marriage 

Miller, in his defense, said his 
wife had left him after the first 
six months of their wedded life and 
he had asked a frienJ. to procure a 
divorce for him in Illinois. As it 
was easy, Miller said, to secure a 
divorce in that State, he thought 
his friend had properly attended to 
it, although hearing nothing further 
about the divorce matter. 

The minister who married the 
couple in this city was scathingly 
denounced by Mrs. Budd after the 
trial, as the girl's appearance indi- 
cated she could not be over 16. 


George White is reported closing 
his "Scandals" at St. Paul next 
Thursday, and unless a change of 
plans is made the show will be 
brought back to New York. "Scan- 
dals" was routed to the coast. Busi- 
ness has been reported off in the 
week Standi of the mid-west, but 
business in the one-nighters was 
quoted from $2,000 to $3,000 nightly. 

White has produced "Scandals" 
as a summer revue for the past 
three seasons. Recently he an- 
nounced he would not put on a new 
production until the first of the 


Jaek Mason, the producer, is pre- 
paring an ice skating ballet which 
will he headed by Charlotte, and will 
go to Mexico City shortly for an ex- 
tended engagement. 

The ice ballet will utilize a com- 
position similar to real ice, but not 

having the latter'* melting quali- 
ties. The ballet will appear in the 
principal bull ring of MeslCQ City. 

Schedules showing the assets and 
liabilities of the estate of Olive 
Thomas, who died of mercurial poi 8 , 
oning in the American Hospital 
Paris, France, Sept. 10, 1920, havj 
been filed with the State Tax Com- 
mission, and are expected to be 
made public shortly. 

The actress, the wife ot Jack 
Pickford and divorced from Ber. 
nard Krug Thomas in 1915, left no 
will. With the consent of her hu«. 
band; Lourene Van Kirk, her 
mother; and James Michael Duffy 
and William Leroy Duffy, brothers 
the Surrogate's Court appointed' 
Nathan Burkan, the attorney, ad- 
ministrator of the estate. 

Pickford is reported as having as. 
signed his one-half intirest in the 
estate to his wife's mother. This i« 
said to have been done to eliminate 
family friction. 

Nov. 22, 1920, at a public sale 
conducted by Samuel Marx, an auc- 
tioneer and appraiser, $26,921 wai 
realized upon Miss Thomas' per. 
sonal effects, said to have been al. 
most her entire estate, the sales and 
what they brought being as fol. 

Cadillac automobile, $5,000; Jew. 
elry case, $13; seal ring, $7; silver 
snake ring, $4.50; beaded bag, with 
sapphire clasp, $32.50; lot of as- 
sorted pieces; $11; jade ornament, 
$42.50; band bracelet, $50; twisted 
gold ribbon bracelet, $26; Jade 
necklace, brilliant clasp, $185; 14k 
gold cigaret case, $50; gold chain, 
$22.50; gold and platinum cigaret 
case, $250; gold cigaret case with 
gold chain, $650; 14k gold mesh bag 
with sapphire, $225; gold cigaret 
case, set with emeralds, $170; gold 
toilet set, 20 pieces (bought by Ma- 
bel Normand), $1,425, and a long 
pearl and sapphire necklace, $875. 

A diamond pearl brooch and 
sapphire pin, $500; monogram set, 
$30; platinum arrow pin, 40 bril- 
liants, $100; pearl necklace, with 1M 
pearls and diamond clasp, $2,500; 
Pearl and sapphire bracelet, $300; 
diamond necklace, 100 brilliants, 
$2,600; crystal cigaret case, $80; 
diamond and sapphire bracelet, >rith 
200 diamonds, $3,100; sapphire and 
pearl ring, with tWo pearls, $110; 
platinum ring, with single peari 
$200; cluster ring, with 21 brib 
Hants, $40; American button pearl 
ring, $650; platinum set with star 
sapphire, $425, and American 
bronze pearl ring with brilliants, 

Platinum diamond ring, about 
10 carats, $3,050; chest of silver ta- 
bleware, 167 pieces, $825; velvet 
skirt and waist, $15; velvet drej*, 
$37.50; velvet dress and blouse, $55; 
velvet dre*s and blouse, $40; velvet 
dress a..d velvet coat, $47.50; *r« 
ange velvet evening wrap, fur #ol« 
lar, $110; Maroon velvet coat 
trimmed with blue lynx, $80; • 
stone marten stole, $325; black vel- 
vet coat, with Fisher collar and 
cuffs, $60; blue velvet wrap, 
trimmed with ermine, $180; cloth 
coat with muekrat lining, $70; Hud« 
son seal coatee, with belt, $75; stone 
marten scarf and pair of stone 
marten cuffs, $65; long sable coat, 
$1,800; cocoa mat. $12, and small 
frame, $25. 

An action was filed June 25, 1W1. 
against Miss Thomas' estate by tbl 
executors of the Daniel Neuman W 
tate for $9,472 alleged due ir fur« 
niching her apartment. The larg- 
est item on the list was $1,874 for 
a bedroom suite. 

The deceased is also survived W 
a stepsister, Harriet Van Kirk. 
eight years old. 

The engagement of Jack rickford 
to marry Marilyn Miller appearing 
in "Sally" has been announced. Mia* 
Miller is the widow of Frank Car- 
ter, who was killed in an autorno* 
bile accident May 9, 1920. Carter 
died intestate leaving (excluding 
$25,000 in life insurance, payable to 
his widow and mother) an estate 
of $14,163.73, out o" which, accord- 
ing to an accounting tiled in th * 
Surrogate's Court, Miss iMiller re- 
ceived $5,894.95. 

••■ » »pt»mber. 

Hiish has managed the I'avlo** 
tours for a number of season* *" * 
season the Russian dnnc< star'*' 1 
tour the Orient 

Friday, June 9, 1W* 




frincipal Legit Producers Want to See Money First 
— Selwyns and Harris' Offer of $3,000,000 Each, 
with $100,000 Yearly Salary 

The booking and pooling combi- 
nation of A. L. Erlanger and the 
ghuberta that promises to provide 
the most important managerial 
changes in the legitimate field for 
years and which is due to operate 
in the fail, still falls short of com- 
pletion, i Hesitancy on the part of 
Sam H. Harris, the Selwyus and 
A. H. Woods to Bubsorih:* to the 
plan is believed to furnfsa the rea- 
gons that have held up making 
the combination complete. Another 
angle and the one that perhaps 
is the key to the situation is the 
proposed formation of a $100,000,000 
corporation to take over control of 
the country's leading theatres. 

Development of the combine has 
been made the more vital in the 
eyes of both the Hrla'ngers and 
the Shu herts because of the more 
materialistic angle presented by the 
proposal to iinanee the major por- 
tion of legitimate theatricals in 
Wall Street. Downtown money 
moguls have become interested in 
picture and vaudeville fields of 
amusements, but the diversified in- 
terests in the $2 field and the re- 
ports of heavy lOSMiJ have counter- 
balanced inclination to investment 
in it until recently. 

Erlanger and the Shuberts have 
placed their cards on the table for 
Wall Street. The plan to incor- 
porate the legitimate theatre gained 
firm basis by proof of the equities 
in theatre properties and the certi- 
fied accounts proving that theatre 
ownership is actually profitable, as 
against the speculative feature of 

In order to turn over to the pro- 
posed corporation virtually all the 
theatres in the leading cities where 
$2 attractions flourish, it is neces- 
sary for the twd theatrical magnates 
to have the support of Selwyns, 
Harris and Woods. They are not 
only prominent in production, but 
are. owners of valuable legit the- 
atres in New York, Boston, Chicago 
and Cleveland. 

It is understood the Wall Street 
Idea has been laid fully before Sam 
H. Harris and Edgar and Arch Sel- 
wyn; that Harris and the Selwyns 
were offered $3,000,000 each for their 
holdings; that they would receive 
salaries of $100,000 per annum and 

that they would retain at least 50 
per cent, interest in their theatres 
and attractions as represented in 
stock equivalent to that figure. 

This offer is believed to have in- 
terested the managers, but they 
have not agreed to the booking and 
pooling agreement entered into be- 
tween Erlanger and the Shuberts. 
though it is pretty well understood 
pressure has been brought to bear. 
According to inside information, 
their attitude has been to "see the 
color of the money" anticipated from 
the conversion of theatres and shows 
to a corporation before signing as 
a member of the booking and pool- 
ing combine. For tho past several 
years the Selwyns, Harris and Ar- 
thur Hopkins have been acquiring 
and building theatres i i the bi£ 
Stands, the object of which they 
stated to be a protective one in the 
matter of bookings. Woods, though 
never openly alliliated with the 
other producers, is said to have 
stood in line to support them if oc- 
casion arose. Hi3 position is the 
same as theirs at present. With the 
new houses now nearly completed 
In Chicago, the Selwyns and Har- 
ris are protected in the major 
stands, barring Philadelphia, where 
they also intend building. 

The probable reason these man- 
agers have refused joining the Er- 
langer-Shubert combine is that 
they have booking agreements for 
their attractions, and those agree- 
ments have several years to run. 
The combination would not bring 
about cancellation of the agree- 
ments, which continue unless spe- 
cifically cancelled. 

The proposed control of theatri- 
cals via big finance has been elabo- 
rated since the original plan was 
outlined. At that time it was sup- 
posed the corporation would only 
purchase theatres. It is now said 
that the theatre merger would in- 
clude active production by the cor- 
poration. According to the plans, 
those producers selling out to the 
combine would be retained under 
salary and probably participate in 
profits on their own managerial ef- 

Levi Mayer, the Chicago attorney, 
is named as the leading figure in ac- 
complishing the $100,000,000 legit 




George Ebey Has PJans— 

Engages Stock for Next 



George Ebey, associated with 
Maude Fulton in the management 
of the Fulton Playhouse. Oakland, 
Cal., returned to New York after 
»ix months in Europe. Tentative 
Arrangements were made by Mr. 
Ebey while abroad for Miss Fulton 
to stage "The Bat" in a London 
West End theatre next winter. 

Crane Wilbur opened his summer 
•cason at the Fulton, Oakland, June 
4 * During the engagement Wilbur 
will appear in four new plays of 
Ws own writing, including "The 
Monster," controlled by A. H. 
Woods, and "An Imported Wife," a 
future George Broadhurst produc- 
tlo n. Mile. Susanna Caubet. re- 
cently married to Wilbur, will be 
co-starred with him, making her 
"vif !! npo,lrance *n "The Imported 

Bessie Barriscale is to produce a 
"ow play by her husband, Howard 
"'ckman, at the Fulton, during 

f D " rln K ■ three weeks' Inspection 
■ f Eastern stock companies, Ebey 
^ selected the following players 
the Pulton company for next 
* a «°n: Isabel le Lowe. Dorothy 
"'ackhurn. Lora Rogers, Vaughn 
f« 0r Knn. w aIter W coks. j ohn Mil . 
«n Charles )jj r ,i (the latter to act 
••ft aw manager). 

wnh 4 ,:ry;,nt closed last week 

, , tne Fulton stock, having com - 

ypiedtw,, years with the company. 


Both N. Y. Theatres Remod- 
elled Over Summer— McKay 
Succeeds Newman 

Labor Organizations Amen- 
able to Sherman Act — 
Gompers Replies 


The IT. S. Supreme Court Monday, 
in deciding the Coronada coal case, 
held that labor organizations, al- 
though unincorporated, are amena- 
ble to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act 
and that, under it, such organiza- 
tions may be prosecuted for re- 
straint of interstate commerce. The 
court also held that labor unions 
are suable. The decision wuh 
unanimous, as announced by Chief 
Justice Taft. 

The decision affects theatricals 
closely through the theatrical un- 
ions allied with the American Fed- 
eration of Labor. 

The Taft decision also affects 
unions whether incorporated or not, 
and is said to be an indorsement of 
the verdict in the Danbury hatters' 
case, when every member of the 
union was held responsible for 
damages, some to the extent of los- 
ing their homes and bank accounts. 
The A. F. Of L. later made up the 
losses by assesments of all mem- 

Samuel Gompers branded the 
Taft decision "as the most obnox- 
ious and unjust decision yet hand- 
ed down by the Supreme Court of 
the United States and a fitting cli- 
max to the decisions of the last few 
months and since the ascension to 
the Chief Justiceship of Mr. Taft." 
(lumpers said, in part that the de- 
cision established the principle that 
unions of labor are to be held re- 
sponsible for the conduct of any of 
their members. 

The Taft decision followed an ap- 
peal by the United Mine Workers 
of America, District No. 21 of that 
organization and its officers; 27 
local unions in that district and 
their officers, and 65" individuals, 
some of them not members of any 
union, from a decision by the 
United States District Court of Ar- 
kansas, approved by the Circuit 
Court of Appeals holding them 
guilty of violating the Sherman 
Anti-Trust Act during coal mine 
strikes in Arkansas in 1914, and im- 
posing damages of $200,000,- trebled 
under the anti-trust law. 

Two Changes Made in Plan — 

Operative for One Year — 

P. M. A. Agreeable 

Voluntary stage censorship for 
Broadway is now regarded as a Cer- 
tainty for next season. At a meet- 
ing of the combined committees held 
last Friday additional plans for cen- 
sorship operating were adopted and 
the selection of a Jury panel of 300 
names was begun. 

Two changes have been made In 
the general working rules adopted. 
One is that the Jury chosen by 
paddle from the list, is to be in- 
structed when a questioned play is 
to be Judged. A line will be drawn 
between what is classed a salacious 
play and that regarded as social or 
artistic. It is said this rule was 
adopted at the suggestion of Arthur 
Hopkins following the complaint 
against "The Hairy Ape" to Mag- 
istrate McAdoo, who however read 
the script and failed to interfere 
with its presentation. 

The second new rule is the agree- 
ment that voluntary censorship be 
tried for one year only. At the end 
of the season there may be revision 
of the entire plan. It Is known the 
combined committee has worked out 
its rules carefully. 

Voluntary censorship was threat- 
ened with a set-back following the 
'•Hairy Ape" matter. The Produc- 
ing Managers' Association twice 
tabled final action in its participa- 
tion to the plan. The P. M. A. will 
now agree to full co-operation 
through its committee. Hopkins Is 
chairman of the P. M. A. censorship 
committee, the others being Win- 
throp Ames, C. D. Coburn, John 
Golden and Henry Miller. 


Members of Stock After Sal- 
aries Due— Lease Only 


The Lyceum and Empire, consid- 
ered- among the finest Broadway 
theatres a generation ago and dur- 
ing the height of the late Charles 
Frohman's activities, will be re- 
modeled during the summer. A new 
stage will be built at the LyceSsn, 

erected 22 years ago, and new car- 
pets will be laid. The house is 
owned by Daniel Frohman, but is 
under the lease Jointly to David 
Belasco and the Charles Frohman 
Estate, which is controlle 1 by Fam- 
ous Players. 

The Empire is owned by the es- 
tates of Al Dayman and Frank 
W. Sanger, and is under lease to 
Charles Frohman, Inc.. of which 
Gilbert Miller is manager, having 
been appointed by Famous Players 
last season. About 18 years ago, 
Charles Frohman expended $175,000 
in rebuilding the interior, he stat- 
ing at the time that he would not 
permit the Empire to be outdone by 
the hewer theatres. 

It is understood Frederick M r ■ 

Kay will succeed William N< win hi 

as manage? of th>' Empire, the Ap- 
pointment having been m id<* by 
Miller. McKay was mat ager ■>! 
• 'The C:'.arin.»." which recently 
do* <i al I he house The i>; «■ •■ n*ai 
Miller'i first production offering 
since moving his headquarters from 


Albany, N. Y., June 7. 

A charter has been granted to the 
Equity Players, Inc., of New York 
city, by Secretary of State John J. 
Lyons. The papers filed by the or- 
ganization state that it was formed 
"to produce and present plays, 
dramas and other stage productions; 
to tease, own and operate theatres 
and to engage in all branches of the 
theatrical business." 

According to the incorporation 
papers, the company shall begin 
business with a capital of $1,000, 
made up of 100 shares with a par 
ralue of $10 each. 

The subscribers to the capital 
stock are: Paul N. Turner, 98 
shares; Edwin G. Marks and Henry 
J. Farrell, one share each. 

The board of directors, which con- 
sists of 15 members follows: 

George Arliss, Jane Cowl, Augus- 
tin Duncan, John Emerson, Gilbert 
Emery, Katherine Emmitt. Elsie 
Ferguson, Frank Gillmore, Oliver P. 
Heggle. Mrs. Shelley Hull. Edith 
Wynne Matheson, Grant Mitchell, 
Joseph Santley, Paul N. Turner 
and Francis Wilson. 

fwice Scheduled, First May 

30, and Then June 2 — 

May Be Legal Action 

"Heads I Win," a three-act com- 
edy drama, scheduled to get under 
way at' the Earl Carroll, first on 
Tuesday night, and then on Friday 
night of last week, failed to open 
on either of its slated premieres. 

According to the Earl Carroll 
management, the Amphion Amuse- 
ment Co., sponsors of the show, had 
agreed to pay the sum of $1,000 as 
a forfeit if the show failed to open 
on Tuesday (May 31), and failed 
to do so. 

It was then proposed by the Am- 
phion people that the show should 
open Friday, June 2, but the Earl 
Carroll management then declared 
it would have to receive the sum 
of $2,367.98, instead of $1,000. The 
extension of the original forfeit, it 
is said, was based by the Carroll 
management on pro rata rent for 
the theatre for Wednesday, May 
31, and Thursday, June 1, because 
of tho house being dark on the dates 
mentioned. This was to have been 
paid over by Thursday, June 1, at 
6 p. ni The Amphion refused to 
pay the $2,367.98, and the Carroll 
people accordingly refused to per- 
mit the show to open. 

The Amphion people turned the 
matter over to their attorney this 
week, with Instructions to bring a 
legal action against the Carroll 
management for $10,000. 



London. June 7. 
"Quarantine," produced at the 
Comedy last night, was disclosed an 
a light comedy built around Un- 
familiar situation of an entirely in- 
nocent woman taking the place of 
an etoptnSj wifo to paVC her from 

a rash act and thereby compromis- 
ing herself as reward for her gen- 

eton.i tli t'd. 

Both Elsie Jsnis end "Mr. P.m" 
Fsil to Attract on the Coast 


Kritiz Lehar's nVWest operetta, 
"Frasquita." will i>» produced here 
In the fill by rleary \v. baragc 
The piece is holding forth currently 
in Vienna, 

I .os Angeles, June 7. 

Elsio Janis and Her Gang and 
"Mr. Pirn," two succeeding attrac- 
tions which played the Mason here, 
both disappointed in point of re- 
ceipts. Last week "Mr. Pirn" drew 
less than $5,000, while the previous 
week Miss Janis got around $1L',000, 
although it was hoped she would 
top that figure by St least $5,000. 

The indications are, however, that 
"The Circle,*' with John Drew :md 
Mrs. Leslie (\irter, will get at hist 
$1S. 500 at the house this week Th. 

♦show opened strong on Monday 
night. Two wee k s Is the length of 
the engagement here but the sd 
entice for the second week is not 
holding to expectations* 

New Britain, Conn., June 7. 

James Cormican, former manager 
of the Cormican Players, recently 
closing an engagement at the Ly- 
ceum here, was forced Into bank- 
ruptcy Monday in the United States 
District Court at New Haven by 
Lawyer David L. Nair of this city, 
acting for Louis Mann. Lynn Star- 
ling, Rexford Kendrlck. Marcello 
Nelken and Frances Sterling Clarke, 
formerly under Corm lean's manage* 
ment, to whom he owes salaries. 
The date set for the hearing in tho 
bankruptcy is June 12, In the United 
States District Court at New Ha- 
ven. Provided that Cormican is ad- 
judicated bankrupt, a lease held by 
him on the Lyceum will be sold at 
auction. The lease, on which six 
months' rent at $750 monthly has 
been paid, represents the only 
equity in Cormican's name. Tho 
lease has about three more months 
to run. 

Claims against Cormican by for- 
mer members of his company total 
over $1,300. There are other claims 
by local business firms. Under tho 
law those to w«hom wages arc owed 
are preferred creditors. Wage 
claims against Cormican are as fol- 
lows: Edna Archer Crawford, 
$113.65; Frances Sterling Clarke, 
$125; Marcelle Nelken, $95.41; Kath- 
ryn Meredith, $100.05; Lynn Star- 
ling, $235.43; Rexford Kendrick, 
$229.68; George Campbell, $38.67; 
Desmond Gallagher, $150; Thomas 
Meegan, $45.32, and Horace James, 
$146.64. Louis Mann also has 
claims against Cormican for $60 
alleged due on a note, and $5.25 for 
transportation, and $450 for royalty 
to A. H. Woods for "Friendly 

The decision to start Involuntary 
bankruptcy proceedings against 
Cormican followed a conference be- 
tween Lawyer Nalr and the above- 
mentioned artists at White Plains, 
N. Y., last Saturday, where Mr. 
Mann and members of the former 
Cormican company presented 
"Friendly Enemies" last wee'.-.. 
Practically the same cast as em- 
ployed by Cormican are playing "A 
Prince There Was" at the White 
Plains this week. 

Because the state police depart- 
ment Monday issued orders that the 
Lyceum remain closed until rein- 
spected and made to conform to 
the state building regulations as 
concerns theatres, the value of the 
lease is questionable. The state cod« 
requires that theatres be equipped 
with asbestos curtains where pic- 
tures' are shown, which makes it 
possible, according to an interpre- 
tation of the law, for stock or 
straight vaudeville to appear at tho 

There has been some talk among 
members of Cormican's former com- 
pany of their coming to New Britain 
and openir.g the Lyceum under the 
commonwealth plan whereby tho 
company, stage crew and musici ins 
would share the profits. Until tho 
state police complete their Inspec- 
tion of tho theatre, materialization 
of this plan is held in abeyance, 

Cormican is still In New Brituln, 
living at P. S. McMahon'a Bronson 
Hotel. "P. S.," It Is said, has 
dropped about $5,000 fostering Cor- 
mican's adventures since he ad- 
vented to New Britain. Following 
the "crash" of Cormican's company 
it was reported that Cormican would 
reopen the theatre with vaudeville 
and pictures within a week, but 
when members of the company con- 
sulted Lawyer Nalr relative to col- 
lecting their wages the lawyer, find- 
ing that the lease had several 
months to run, attached It. This 
made it impossible for Cormican to 
transfer it, and, according to re- 
port, as "P. S." had been "hooked" 
for quite a chunk (and by an ac- 
tor), he decided against putting 
any of his cash Into the venture, 
advising Cormican to sell a half in- 
terest in the theatre and thereby 
get working capital. Cormican. it 
was understood, had interested a 
Bristol, Conn., party in the thea- 
tre hut with the attachment on the 
lease was unable to transfer the 
lease or to keep the party inter- 

Folk* in New Britain are waf« h- 
Ir.g developments, with intense In- 
st, f<»r It is hard to lmagm« 
!Mvr<M< ttarsfield Melfahofl bein§ 
"taken" bv an actor after all hu 
years of handling them. 




Friday, June 0, 192& 



Al Jolson left for the coast last Friday, accompanied by Louis Epstein. 
The Sunday before Jolson had played the Sunday night performance 
«t the Winter Garden, receiving 60 per cent, of the gross, which ran 
to $4,292 at $2 50 top; 260 standees were also there. The singing comet 
will remain on the coast for tho greater part of the summer. 

G*o. J. Appleton is arranging to take a continental trip during the 
fiiimm i. Hie ilrst lengthy stop will be Berlin. 

It's questionable exactly how far Sir Conan Doyle hoaxed the members 
of the American Society of Magi< inns at its annual dinner last week at 
the Hotel McAlpin, New York. Sir Conan presented a "spirit" film of 
animals, showing It seriously at the dinner and the following day con- 
firming the stories In the dailies it might have been Jn jest. When It 
reaches magicians, spiritism is up against a hard boiled crowd. Harry 
Houdml, president of the society, likely invited the noted writer to be 
the society's guest. Mr. Jloudlni knows Sir Conan from the other side. 
Houdinl also knows the fake medium work as utilized by magicians and 
often by those who are not. For some reason Houdlnl will not publicly 
disclose all he knows about magic. There arc other magicians who wilt 
not The ethics of the magical profession are against an expose of 
anything in mystery, hut there could be exceptions. Magic is a science, 

perhaps not universally acknowledged. Now that leading lights of the of the present. Perhaps the best 

world are Influencing the world In Its opinion of spiritualism, magic, 
as science, could go to the aid of the waverers. Spiritualism, through 
the war, may be akin to faith for comfort. Anything for the peace 
of mind or contentment ordinarily should be encouraged If there could 
be no after effects. Still the magicians understand these things far 
better than anyone else. If they conclude it's best to lay off, there 
doesn't seem to be any other In sight, not even scientists, to como for- 


The Town Drama Guild of the 
Bronx, New York, gave a program 
of three playlets June 2-4 at the 
Provincetown Playhouso. They 
were "He" by Eugene O'Neill; 
I "There Will Be No Performance," 
' by Lajos Kgrl, and "On tho Other 
Hand," by Gustav Davidson. The 
proceeds were placed in the Guild's 
building fund, from which it will 
erect a Little theatre in tho Bronx. 
Several sections, somewhat remote 
from Times Square, have their own 
playhouso for amateurs or seml- 
professionals, but peculiarly these 
are all located in Manhattan (New 
York city proper — tho Island). The 
suburbs or those regional parts 
that go to make up Greater New 
York seemingly do not go in for the 
Little theatre movement as before 
Joining tho greater city. For in- 
stance, Brooklyn, many years back, 
was the best-known amateur the- 
atrical town in the country. The 
Old Amaranth Society of Brooklyn 
gave regular performances, grad- 
uating many of the stage celebrities 


Roland Young will succeed Tom 
Wise with the Toronto (Robin?) 
company for two weeks. 

A dramatic stock under the man- 
agement of P. F. Shay opened Mon- 
day at the People's on the Bowery, 
In "Scandal." The company is 
headed by Paula Shay and Frank 
G. JBond. Other members Include 
C. A. Winters, William Balfour, 
Mortimer Martini, Eugene La Rue, 
Kdna Van Buelow, Gwendolyn- De 
Lany, Zora Garber, Dorothy Holmes 
and Herbert Astson. Bond, in addi- 
tion to playing the hade, is the di- 
rector. The same company recently 
appeared in Bridgeport under the 
Shay management. 

Proctor's, Troy, N. y., j une 21 
Rena Titua of Troy, who was C 
genue with the Proctor Players for 
many months, will be in tho cast- 
as will Marion Lord, a former Proc, 
tor Player. 

The City of New York has condemned a tract of land of the Actors' 
Fund Home property in Staten Island, New York, and will improve it 
for i urposes of a highway. Daniel Frohman, president of the Actors' 
Fund, and Mortimer Flshel, his counsel, were down to the corporation 
counsel's office this week fixing a price on the property, which tho city 
will reimburse the fund with. 

About the same time George Broadhurst started his $50,000 damage 
suit in Baltimore against John Symon for assault on the high seas (aired 
in the daily press), the playwright-producer's New York attorney set- 
tled a $1,230 claim against Robert M. Catts, a real estate man. Catts 
held a 10 per cont. interest in Broadhurst's flop mystery production, 
"The Elton Case."- Catts was to share ciUier way, profits or losses, and 
after all was said and done ho owed Broadhurst $2,230, $1,000 of which 
he paid. The producer sued for the balance through Nathan Vldaver, 
but Catts settled before the case went much further. 

known readily recalled is Robert 

A. H. Woods has abandoned his plan/* to build a theatre In Boston, 
and is negotiating for the disposal of the real estate he acquired for 
that purpose. Martin Herman is handling the matter for Woods. Tho j 
icsale of the property will be only at small sacrifice to the producer. 

"The Follies" sent out invitations to the press for the first night, with 
a stub attached containing the seat numbers In ink. Also in ink on the 
body of the invitation appeared the name of the paper. As a preven- 
tive it should have proven effective. In previous years the Zicgfeld 
management sent out premkeie tickets to tho press by registered mail 
It did not prove very satisfactory to the newspaper men. "The Follies" 
scale the first night was $10. on hestra. Ticket brokers said they could 
have obtained $100 a pair for the opening night, but could eccure no 

Louis Cohn, the billiard ball-headed ticket broker of Forty-second 
street, has won another bet by guessing the measure of a Bi bad way 
hit. The show is the "Music Box Revue." The bet was with Irving 
Berlin. Louie declared after the first few weeks the show would play 
until the first of June without falling under $20,000 weekly. The wager 
was for a suit of clothes, not to cost under $100. It is what- Kid, Cohn 
calls "easy pickins." 



During the change of end men, 
Felix Adler and Harry Kelly on the 
way to their respective chairs -(Kelly 
with his dog "Lizzie "), Felix in pass- 
ing gave Harry the Friars' visiting 
card — the queen of spades. 

comeback on the stage next season — 
maybe. \ 

The scent of moth balls when the 
minstrel first part mob that formed 
the background assembled. 

Eddie Miller refused an "invite" 
from Andrew Mack to partake a real 
highball. Mack was accused of 
.bringing along his own bartender. 

The bunch lamped everything 
from the wings. Eddie Cantor 
turned to Ray Hitchcock, while 
Maurice Diamond was doing his dif- 
ficult hoofing, and said: "Can you 
imagine that guy! He never loses 
a pound with all his hard work " 
diamond appeared for the first time 
in three weeks. He was suffering 
with a bad lo^. He almost passed 

Several anxious players beat the 
fireman by stealing a smoke It was 
framed to tell him that the clgaret 
was for the next act. Weber told- 
the fireman he was holding his for 
Fields, and got away with it. 

Jack Mason/ who did the dances, 
crashed on for the hoofing finale of 
the minstrel section. He flung a 
tambourine about and directed the 
steppers as the curtain rose and fell 
to thunderous applause. 

Pill Phinnoy ran the works on the 
Manhattan stage. His chief worry 
was digging up wash buckets for the 
boys to remove the burnt coik. 

From the stage the house looked 
capacity from pit to dome, and it 
was inspiring to the perspiring. 
Friars work In the Frolic The total 
takings were $111,004) and the ctilb 
took down $12,000 profit. Home 
show, and 6H a warm Sunday night 
Uune 4). 

George M. Cohan lamped Joe 
Weber trying to remember what he 
was going to say. George took off 
his straw lid and exclaimed: "Say, 
Joe, you're almost as gray as I am." 
Joe admits 54 summers — and win- 
ters. George If, Is about seven years 
his junior. 

The Pasadena <Cal.) Players, in 
playing "Ruddigore" for two weeks 
during May, take rank with the 
leading Little Theatres of the coun- 
try. It was the first musical piece 
in the five years that the organiza- 
tion has been active. Tho Commu- 
nity Playhouse always has done long 
plays, finding no audiences for one- 
act efforts. Of the 20 plays produced 
this season up to the first of June, 15 
have been royalty plays. 

Tho Pa?adena Community Play- 
house is a civic enterprise, non- 
profit and for the sole purpose to 
keep drama alive In a community 
that would have had nothing but 
^pictures until its success last year 
encouraged a stock company to open 
there last winter. 

The cast for the presentation of 
"Ruddigore'' was George Reis, 
Louise Dorr, Oretchen Alt peter, 
^Walter Ogler, Edward Murphy, E. H. 
Atlee and Marjorie Sinclair, all be- 
ing non -professionals. Gilmor Brown 
staged the show, with Will Rounds 
the musical director. Among the 
season's presentations were: "Pom- 
ander Walk," "Seven Keys to Bald- 
pate," "Little Women." "The Dawn 
of Tomorrow," "His House in Or- 
der," "The Things That Count," 
"King Lear," "Too Many Cooks," 
"Good Gracious Annabcllc, " "Eeyond 
the Horizon," "The Yellow Jacket," 
"Strife," "Sister Beatrice," "The 
Great Divide," "The Charm School'' 
and "Tho Rejuvenation of Aunt 
Mary." The latter two plays fol- 
lowed "Ruddigore." 

The spirit with which the Little 
Theatre movement has been sup- 
ported in Pasadena has attracted at- 
tention along the coast. As the 
Community Playhouse explains it- 
self, it is "not In competition with 
any other amusement activity, any 
more than the public library is with 
the bookstores. Our Community 
Players are amateurs in the best 
senso of the word, as they play for 
the love of it rather than a« a busi- 
ness. The plays they give are inci- 
dental to the deeper purpose of the 
organization, which Is not to make 
actors, but to provide opportunity 
for self-expression, as well as to 
bring the people together in Joyful 
co-operation for their own enter- 

Each summer a number of outdoor 
productions have been made In the 
open air theatre at Brookside Park, 
and the Idea Is planned for this sea- 
son also. 

The dramatic stock company 
which Freddio James and Richard 
Kraemer conducted in Poughkeep- 
eie, N. Y., closed recently because 
of poor business. Mr. James, the 
leading man and manager, paid his 
cast in full. Tho cast members, 
Jack Bruce, Donald McMillan, 
Efith May (Mae), Virginia Zollman, 
Margie Duncan, Jcre Taylen, Geo. 
V. Brooks and Dorothea Howard, 
have signed a statement acknowl- 
edging full receipt of any moneys 
due to disprove a report that the 
management had default* on the 
last week's salary of a two-week 
engagement. The company will re- 
open in the fall. Meantime Messrs. 
^Jamcs and Kraemer arc negotiating 
for a house In Gi eater New York to 
conduct a company over the sum- 
mer. « 

Joe Ma«k lost his Wig for the Kule 
rum her. Everybody else in the n um- 
bel ■tatted borrowing each other's 
but there was still one shy at cur- 
tain time. 

It was th^ Hffli time for Let* 
PleMf and Joe W« ber to be ba» k 

stag* logelhei fur five year*. They 
rehearsed their ^Vike'' and "Meyer 
hit and were as n«?rv<iriH about it as 
two thorMera. They are to pull a 

Cohan tolled In from Boston early 
In the day. He made three trips to 
Great Neck during the day. 

The scene mask for the parlor set 
used for the " Barber's Hall" was 
placed 20 feet back of the "center 
stage fancy" to give the mob room 
in the rushes "to the dining -room" 
When Dave Ferguson announced 
Avatermclon now being served" and 
"champagne now ready." One of 
the football wedges was fatal to Jay 
Gould, who was stepped on and re- 
tired, leaving but seven "high 
browns" for the i« st ».f the act. The 
boys have been n hearsing all day 
and were hungry During one exit 
Bert MhadOW was eating one of the 

free sandwiches and rushed rn at the 

cue with the morsel in his hand. 
Bert didn't want to be called by 
Willie <*ollier for the slip, so looked 
about to dispose of it. lie succeed- 
ed, shoving it down the back of 
Tyler Brooke, who played a dame — 
mustard and all. 

Frank Tinm y as an end man, 

paired with 11 itchy, made a regular 

nionolog out Of l> im Inning Kvery- 
hedy thought it put something over 
on Collier in explaining that when 
irtniH gel old th« y tn.iki Interlocu- 
tor! out of Yrn ToMler and the en- 
lue circle laughed heartily. /oce. 

The Inter-Theatre Arts, Inc., Is 
presenting "Shoot," by Henry Wag- 
staff Gribble, at the Macdowcll Gal- 
lery, New York, Wednesday, Thurs- 
day and Friday. Grlbble's "March 
Hares" was an early Broadway at- 
traction this season. Charlotte 
Granville and Donald Cameron are 
featured In the presentation of 

The Thilopatrians, Philadelphia's 

amateur dramatic club, is presenting 
William CollieV.'j comedy success of 
a couple of peasons ago, "The Hot- 
tentot," al this week at the Broad 
Street theatre. Janus J. Skelly. well 
known here, has the role of Sam 
Harrington, and Alhe Kothwell, who 
shortly begins a stage career, is the 
heroine. The performance* are for 
the benefit of the House of the Good 


Tho Wynters stock has moved to 
the Victoria theatre, Wheeling. 
W. Va., from the Court in that city. 

"Romance," by Edward Sheldon 
is leading the voting contest belnjr 
held at the New Lyceum, Baltimore 
for the popular "request" week play 
to be given during the week of j une 
19 by the George Marshall company 
now holding forth. Lilynn Tashman 
is being imported this week for 
"What's Your Husband Doing?" 
Elizabeth Risdon ended a two-week 
stay becautc of an engagement 
which she had with a Sam Harris 
tryout. Following the "What's Your 
Husband Doing?" "Sleeping p ar t, 
ners," by Sacha Guitry, will be at* 
tempted. For this production Talhi- 
lah Bank head will be brought into 
tho cast. During the first three 
weeks of the company's stay in Bal- 
timore it was hard sledding. The 
New Lyceum is way up on Charles 
street, far from the theatrical dis- 
trict. It is, however, in the heart of 
the choicest residential district in 
town. And now, despite the low 
prices, society is flocking en masse 
to the productions, and there is 
scarcely a night when the house is 
not sold out. 

The Drama Players' Stock Com- 
pany at Kan«as City (Grand) for 
a number of weeks closed Satur- 
day. "Adam and Eva" was the 
closing bill. The company, which 
was under the management of J. I». 
Adams, opened tho week befcrc 
Easter, rather as an experiment, it 
being understood he would give it 
a three weeks' tryout. To the sur- 
prise of everyone the company 
"caught on" and business built up 
amazingly. The Grand is an old 
and lai -from -modern playhouse, 
not at all suitable for a summer run. 
It was announced the Drama Play- 
ers would try for a summer run in 
the Empress, but the deal was oft 
before it was consummated. Adams 
decided it was best to close before 
tho hot weather araived. He has 
announced that the company will 
open its regular season at the Grand 
tho latter part of August. 

''he Waldorf, Lynn, Mass, owned 
by the Moc Mark Amusement Cor- 
poration of New York, will open 
next fall, it is understood, with the 
Shubert Players, a stock company. 
This theatre, which formerly ran 
films, was closed immediately after 
its purchase last spring from the 
Black Amusement Co. of Boston. 

It is announced the Arlington 
Player*, last season at the Arling- 
ton, Boston, will open an engage- 
UfcMit at the Auditorium, Lynn, 
Mass., Labor Day. This theatre has 
been closed since April, when the 
New Auditorium Players t oneluded 
their engagement and went to Du- 

The Alhambra Players, Brooklyn, 
closed tho week of June 19. 

Cliff Thompson and Nana Bryant 
of the Fulton, Oakland, Cal., have 
left that stock and will join the 
Wilkes' Majestic stock, Los Angeles. 
George Barnes, at the Wilkes house 
in Denver, also goes to Los Angeles. 

The Corse Pay ton stock at 
Keeney's Bay Ridge. Brooklyn, N. 
Y., closcc Saturday. The same com- 
pany will reopen there Labor Day. 

George Gaul returned to the Stu- 
art Walker Company, Indianapolis 
In tho current bill, "The Boomer- 
ang." For the third year the Walker 
company Is admitting free to mati- 
nees service men in local hospitals 
and members of the Home for Aged 

Barry McCormicfc heads a dra- 
matio stock company that will open 
at tho Kurtz, Bethlehem, Pa^ 
June 12. 

Mae Desmond and her stock play- 
era will continue at the Cross Keys, 
Philadelphia, where business, after a 
slow start, has been satisfactory, it 
is claimed. The Broadway stock 
(South Philadelphia) closed last 
week after five weeks of poor busi- 
ness. The company was well above 
average, the plays were good and 
the production was excellent, but the 
foreign population down there could 
not be interested in anything but 
rapid-fire vaudcviHe." A public ap- 
peal for support was made from I he 
stage, but no response was forth- 
coming during the final week. 

Clara Joel, William Boyd, Pierre 
Watkin and Mabel Cob ord of the 
Albany PTOCtOT Players will be 
members of the stock which opens 

The Little Theatre Guild of New- 
ark, N. J., will present "Marta of 
the Lowlands" Juno 15-16. The 
Little Theatre' movement has not 
received much support in Newark, 
but the Guild has managed to carry 
through its program this year. It 
probably drew not over 150 people deficit, 

fur any of its production* this year, 
not very creditable for a city of 
420.000. Its competitor, the Little 
Theatre Guild. Inc., virtually aban- 
don* d Newark and gave Its perform- 
ances' in Orange to small but better 
attdlencea than It could attract In 

Newark. Both organisations, despite 

extreme economy, regularly face a 

Maudo Ff.ily's Players openeu last 
week at the Broad, Newark. N. J., 
with "Smilin* Through" at %\ top. 
The company, an excellent cue, re- 
ceived extraordinary praise from the 
press. "Tho Call" in a full page 
headline Sunday called it the best 
stock company Newark has ever 
had. So far business has been bad, 
and, while picking up a little, it is 
far from giving an even break. Miss 
Fealy is working hard to win and is 
making personal appearances la 
many parts of the city. Of great in- 
terest was the virtually legitimate 
debut Monday of Kay Lanrell la 
"Call the Doctor." Miss Laurell ap- 
peared in the part created by Char- 
lotte Walker. She showed that she 
has much to learn as an actress, but 
her sincerity and personal charm 
won the day. She has decided pos- 

Lionel Samuel, manager of the 
Alcazar. San Francisco, returned 
last week from New York and an- 
nounced he had engaged Belle Ben- 
nett and Grace Valentine as leading 
women for the summer season that 
opens July 30. Dudley Ayres, the 
present leading man, closes June 20 
and will be succeeded by Herbert 
Heyes, Fox film actor. Miss Ben- 
nett will open July 30, succeeding 
Gladys George. The Alcaanr an- 
nounces a reduction in prices. The 
night scale is to be $1 top except 
Saturday. Sunday, and holiday 
nights, when $1.25 will prevail. Week 
day matinees will be 25-50. Samuel 
also states that Willard Mack i» 
coming to San Francisco to co- 
operate with Hugh Knox, the Alca- 
zar stage director, in producing two 
new plays by Mack. Amon^ other 
new plays to be staged at the Alca- 
zar is "The (Seventh Ducat," week of 
June 18. 

Coral Weston, daughter of Mrs- 
1011a Weston, of the Loew hooking 
ofnecft, is m charge ot the eeneerJl 
at Camp Curry, Yosemite Valley. 

For the hist time in three years, 
the Somervillc Players, who have 
been preventing a varied repertoire 
of plays at the Stone opera house, 
Blnghamton, N. Y., are going 10 
take a rest. Thin week's prediction 
of "Her Unborn Child" will " iark 
their last presentation here l0f 
some time. Manager II. *' A<1<*'* 
«on MyH one of the reasons for the 
vacation at the present Hmf |U ,h * 
serlottS illness of Bulb KieldiW?' 
I leading lady. 






Three Openings Monday— 'Tollies" $10,000 First 
Night— Biggest Show Yet — Decoration Day 
Worst for Legit House in Ten Years 

i:. i . • 

Flo Ziegfeld raised his summer 
pennant for the "Follies"' a month 
earlier than usual at' the fteV Am- 
sterdam, New, Yor}c, Monday, whiie 
. comstock & .Upst provided- a,notheB 
class shoV in 1 moving J 'Chauve- 
SourisVto the Century* Roof with 
anew MM of novelties. The "Music; 
Boxi Hwvuw'.' and . "Good Morning 
Dearie." the season's outsiajnding 5 
musical. smashes, both marked the 
advent .of the, rFullies" ;by revising 
their adfluasion . . spaies downward. 
At the Globe, the "Dearie" l*»t was 
reduced . f row M to. f2.5,Q.,top, . the 
latter ,bei,ng.,, high when .the, sh,qw,| burls company 
.orlgJn,ally ( opened^ Ati the,„A:us^ 
Box, ,-tfie lower, floor was,, kept at 
$4 tpp.^ but. trh.0, balcony, was rear- 
ranged, S9 that a , larger number of 
moderately priced, ( seats became 
'available, and the front, ijows re- 
duced to 23.50 from $4.' 

The 16th "Follies" is the biggest 
'show'' of th*e series, as claimed, by 
Ziegfeld before the opening:* Its 
cost is between $225,000 and $250,- 
000 and riiay run more, the" increase 
over last year's* expenditure possi- 
bly being $100,000. The' scale is $4 
top, Saturday nights included; that 
being $1 under the $5 attempt at 
the Globe last season. Matinees are 
topped at $3, these figures being 
without the tax. The show can play 
to.befeen $.36,000 and $37,000 
weekly. ... 

The magnitude of the attraction 
is strong ind|cath>n that Ziegfeld 
Intends keeping the "Follies" on 
Broadway indefinitely, instead of the 
usual 16 weeks*. That" It will be 
held In until the' first of the' year 
is predicted, and it is a question if 
the show will go on tour then. The 
success of "Sally*' in making a 70- 
week run, ah' average gross of $32,- 
000 weekly,- is believed to have re- 
sulted in the producer planning a 
long stay-in New York ■ with the 
"FolUes." The show cOUl'd not • bo 
taken' 'on the' road in It* present 
form, even with the cutting follow- 
ing the opening night, This was the 
first "cold" .opening of the show 
since the first "Follies". was staged 
on the New. York. roof. .Monday 
night'* performance ran .until. quari- 
iter to. one. the revue's, advertise f 
tnents stating that all material, re'- 
hearsed wouM be presented the 
first night and. that "ham. and. eggs 
jwould, ibe iserved for .breakfast .if 

• necessary. " The cost .of the week's 

iiMhearsals at the New Amaterdan-i 

■■>Js said to. have been $2?, 0,00. salar- 
ies being pai,d. since the shpw. was 
due to have opened at Atlantic City 
and the rehearsal limit used up. The 
first night at 410. top, grossed. $10,- 

• 000. -There was standing, room, the 
eecorvi night for the first and .the 
Wednesday matinee had .a lobby 
full of people buying or attempting 

• to buy.. • . 
• The Century Roof -theatre, eape 1 - 
'Maliy re -decorated for the new edi"- 

. '{Ion of "CH.iiive, SoViris.^Avias tin t>p- 

# ,pospd ppe'nVng'to the "F ol lie's" Mbh'- 

..flay. .It^'dreyc,' t'He sraari,c r s,t' kind' otf . 

•.audience and the nqw" ijill. lapdefl 

»>strongly.. iTke first matinee idrew 

'close to capacity and the second 

^'night was as Mil"' The show ret airis 

. ( lts $5 top;' but' there are fewer seats 

l ,« thai!' pVi'pe that, at' the Mth "Sf... 
■The ,roof cin <Jo a s much business 
on the Week as at the t.hoat Vi, 

Hot weather descended on Rroad- 
way this week and the list of at- 
tractions, notable for the number 
(Continued on page 21) 


Wrlltam B. Hanley. Jr., a member 
of the"Players': Club.' San Francisco^ 
joined the Henry Miller- company 
during the Columbia engagement in! 
.that city.v He 'Will return east with' 
the organization.... .-.,..• ,;.« 

Crane Wilbur opened a special' 
season. at the. Fulton. Oakland. iCal.J 
this week... During his 'engagement! 
ho .will- .produce four .new .plays) 
written by.hiraseJf. Mile* Susanna' 
Qaubotis playing, the.. loads. ia Wil- 

. . . 


**Busi*ress I Before Pleasure," -pre-' 
ftented- bya* colbred company under 
the' management of Henry Fink ahdj 
: Sam Aste, opens June 12 at the. 
Lafayette, New York, for one week. 
P. A. McDougal and Earl Kennedy* 
will play the Potash and Perlmutter 
roles.' Upon the completion of the 
week In 'New- York the piece -wilt-be; 
sent on the- road. 


At the anittui] meeting .f the Ft i - 

ar.-j last Friday George M. Con in 

. 'Jfaa reported Abhot and AVilliapi 

-iY° ,,ier ' Dean, the post from whiqh 

Anthony Paul Kelly retired. 

Ralph Trier, treasurer, and J. 

t*rank Stephens, focretary, wore re- 

'•*J*ctod, ,is was William Degon 

"Weinberger to the Board of Go\ - 

■ >er nors. 

,J Thv n«w govern >rs elected are Oil 

•••"ill., -Leo l, Redding, Harry 1$ 

4 ««ims. and p.aui .Henkel. The bai- 

"•anceof the .bojard, whose terms eon- 

♦ftlaue. are Go„ r «e. .1. Applcton. J. p. 

'JJulW, simo . Silverman. >Alah 

*»rooks. J„ha IVHoclvand D. V. Hen- 

°«*»y, ... ., 


, k»i I Qttlttt; »' 


Seesue Hayakawa's, 'the Japanese 
•film star,' Broadway drama next 
season "was written by Fred' dei 
Grassac and will be produced by 
the Shuberts in association with 
Walter Jordan. Hayakawa ap- 
peared on the dramatic stage on 
the coast some time ago, featured 
in "The Typhoon," but has never* 
appeared fn New York. The ' de 
Grassac* piece is a Cltirtdt'owh ro- 
man6e. v : ' 


Theatre Manager Causes Arrest of* 
Assailant on Shipboard » 

The Reade hobses at Lorig Branch 
and AsbUry Park, N. J., will start 
playihg" legit shows during July arid 
August, both reopening with Keith 
vaudeville "in September. 'One of 
the first tryouts will be A. H. 
Woods' "Who's Who,*' called "The 
Dancing ' Lawyer" in German 
Charles Ruggles and 'Ruth Terry 
will be In the' cast; 

A jury Jn the City Court Warded 
Edgar J. McGregor" .a verdict fo^ 
$1,63:7;' in ' his suit against Philip 
'Bartholmae "and Paul B.' S/pei au* 
thors of'"Ail Night Long." for one- 
third of p 11,000 securei" by the 
authors, from famous Players oh 
the purchase of the screen rights 
to the play., McGregor alleged a 
written , contract in consideration 
of which^ he was to get a third of. 
tjae authors' royalties for his ser- 
vices in, revising and rewriting the 
play. . 

Charles Rosoff has. written the 
score. lo a., musical comedy authored 
Jjy Jack McGowan and. A. dous^a* 
It is titled '.'Be Yourself," ( 

The Southern theatre, Columbus. 
O., has passed to tho control oif 
James A,. Maddox, former manager 
to- the present operators of. the Colo^ 
•nia4 theatre. A. long term . lease has 
• been executed. to Beo* L, Hidingsfelt 
and . Ike -Llhson, • Cincinnati, .and 
John T. Harris of PiLtsbu&gh.. Thp 
Southern will reopen in August, 
with Charles ill. Welder the locijl 
ropresentativo and .ilr^o muug-T, of 
the- Colonial.- ' , • 

A reviuil of "Th* LiUle. Shepard 
of Kingdom Come" under the man- 
agement of K. Wee, opens a tour 
of • the southern one- night Stands 
the middle of August. Interpolated 
numbers will be u.-j"! In the re- 

Baltimore, June 7. 

John Burne«s Symon, of Sap 
Francisco, was held under $5,000 
bond Friday before J. Frank Sup- 
ples, Jr., Commissioner, for assault- 
ing George < H. Broadhurat, 5G years 
old, playwright and^ owner of the! 
P'ruadhurst Theatre, New York. 

The allegVti attack took .place' 
aboard t,he SSV 'Columbia,'*' bound: 
from San Francisco to New Y(>rk.- 
shortly after the vessel left Havana* 
May 26. 'Acco'rding "to the storyf 
which . Broadhurst related in ' the! 
court bere. t he was about to retire' 
on the night of May' 26, ahdj' before; 
getting in bed he opened his doorj 
to ask a boisterous group of meni 
t'6 ease r down and let him get a* 
little sleep. He said: "Boys,, 
you've' had*a nice, long party' and, 
now I suggest that you' gi V0 s'dme-j 
body 'else a •chance." '• • | 

At this Syirion'ia alleged' 'to have! 
told Brbadtrurst to "go to hell," and; 
Broadhurst let said to Have replied: 
"Spoken like d gcntlemah. y • * " 

Later, after he had' retire** and 
had crawled • into one of the two' 
berths in the stateroom; Mr. Symon 
unclothed, , ; and accompanied by a; 
man and. a woman,, who was later 
learned to be Mrs. Symon, came into! 
the room,. and going over to the un- 
occupied, benth, said: ( VLu.cky he 
isn't here or I'd kill him." 

He left the room, so Mr. Broad- 
hurst's testimony ran, but a few 
minutes later, burst In again, still 
unclothed, and turned on. the light., 
He ran for JSr.oadhurst, threw, himj 
to the flepr.and. later struck .him .in 
the .face, .and, in .the, groin,. . Brqad- 
hufst lapsed, into a semi-consciou.^ 
condition, and is now under the care; 
of a physician. He told the court 
that he had never mot CJymon and; 
that he was returning from . LoS 
Angeles .where he had, been gath- 
ering material fqc a play to be pro-' 
duced. in August at Atlantic City. ! 

Mrs, L. T, Bradley, general man-' 
ager for Broadhurst, was attractedi 
to the, room by the commotion and 
was a witness to the assault. Sev-' 
were, caffed, upon 'to ^estify,' ' apd 
their statements corroborated the 
testimbny'given by Broadhurst. Mr,' 
Symon refused to talk to news-pape^ 
men. ."* ' ' } 

Saturday Mr, ' Broa'dh'urst's ' at -4 
torneys Instituted suit for $50,0OQ 
damages. aga'irist Symon.' "'. 

Agente of the Department of Jus-i 
tice were notified by radio of the" 
happening and were' on hand to ar- 
rest Symdn as the steamer docked 
at LdcMSt Point, Baltimore. » 

I- C. C. Apparently Passes Up 
Theatrical Interests — Sales- 
men Also Concerned 

Instruct Tons of tlid Interstate 
Commerce Commission to the rail- 
roads for a reduction of freight rates, 
with no other comment at this time, 
is regarded as a rejection of the- 
atrical interests for, a party . rate. 
Immediately following the I.. C. C. 
order the Railroad Labor Board at 
Chicago ordered reductions in labor 
wage scales. This may provide some 
opportunity, for the sought for party 
rate later in the surnmer.. , "* ', . 

1 A rpepting on the' rate matter w.ajs 
held ip ^the offices ,of t)ie Interna- 
tional Theatrical Association Tuos^- 
day. Though, announcempn^, was 
m,a,de, it is pnd,erstood. the, man- 
agers will qoncentratq oq their ap- 
peal to the.rAi^ ^^ 51 d J r< J?t, . I. ,T, A- 
members ^elJ9yq hiigh transportation 
charges are, responsible t f,or the 

.scarcity of attnactiqiis on tour # jnorp 
tluu another cost increase , since the 
war. This year, there .wqre 6 4, per 
cent, fewer . attr.actlop.s Playing. 

i towns of 200,000 or less, than last 

. The Traveling. Salesmen's. Asso- 
ciation's request for .a rate, yia. a 
universal mijeage book, of 5,000, miles, 
has been tabled by the. I. C. CV to 
date also. .The. association reports 
there are 22 per cent, fewer sales- 
men on the road than during the 
pre-war period. . In addition to cut- 

rting down the number of 1 men on the 
noad, commercial, houses have re - 
duced the length, of the trips, of those 
men retained. Firms have reported 

-to the association that high trans- 
portation rates aggravating the un- 
certain industrial conditions, com- 
pelled them to curtail investment in 
road men. 

In an. effort to. launch a nation- 
wide campaign for reduced trans-, 
portatlon charges the Traveling 
Salesmen's Association has called a 
convention of its 28 affiliated organ- 
izations to « bo held in Cincinnati 
Oct. 9-10. An attendance of S.OQ0 
is expected. 

The association is also sponsoring 
a measure for t bo elimination ■ of 
Pullman car surcharges. The asso- 
ciation has established connections 
with 64 hotel associations through- 
out tho country, t he understanding 
providing foe, a downward revision 
of rates as rapidJy as conditions 
warrant. The salesmen's organiaa-i, 
tion- Is credited with having secured 
the passage of the absentee* voting 
bill in New.'York and^ aiding .1 the 
saute* measure in New Jersey. • • 


Leon Spachner, treasurer of the 
Vanderbilt, New York, haa been 
confined to his home with erysipe- 
las, lie was reported improvea 
early this week. 



Mayor' Lew Shank Trying Something New— City 
Starts Stock During Closed Theatrical Season-^ 
Playwright Pays Own Royalty On First Play 

1 • . 1 .... 

"Peck's B id Boy, ' under Jhe man- 
agement i)f i the Carltdn-Limpe Co 
o-pens June 19 in Saqgtrtles, N. Y 
Tho show will play one -night s1 in Is 
in Northern N'w York and sumniT 
resorts in M lino. F*ella Hermann. 
a 'magiclap, and Mile. Gladys, a 
rnirui r.M<ler, will bo carried if 
added attra-.tiojis. 

Will A, Page la 
.William Kox 'film the publicity for that 

firm '.^ ^j>orial picture "Nero" at. the 

Lyric, rige handled. "TM^ Queen 
of Shaba? f<^r vox. (aat •ummer 

Whvn "J#ero H ppen^d L. B 
o sh LUghnesiiey wis- in cJiarge of . He, resigned last week. 

again frith th 
forces »n.l i> . c nters 

'Indianapolis, June 7. i 
The Indiah'lpolis Municipal Play^ 
ers, a stock eompuiy of ' profos- 
■idnabl paid out of city taxe*. opened 
their setUion Monday at Brookslde 
Park, where an open air theatrt- 
seating L'.. r )00 has been established. 
U. Carleton Guy, who had his own 
company on the road for many 
years, is director of the Municipal 
IMayera, having he^n appointed as- 
sistant director of recreation by 
M iyor Lew Shank at the beginning 
of the y«Mr. 

The Performance Will Be Free 
A block of l.Oyo seats are re- 
served each nifch'. tickets being dis- 
tributed in torn m various parts 
>f the city through dm* store* 
groceries and other neighborhood 

The .Man from Home" was th* 
opening tuii. Booth Tarklngton, tile 

the royalty by wiy >t \ *end-off. 

"The city is not soing into the 
theatrical business in competition 
with the established playhouses of 


Indianapolis," said Mayor Sharik. 
"Our Idea is simply to present. 
during the season when legitimate 
theatres are closed, plays of the 
kind everybody can enjoy, and l( 
the company can give an hour of 
so of entertainment to the people 
who throng the parks, largely bc- 
rauso they. have no oth,er place to 
go during the hot months, the com- 
pnny will havo accomplished its pur- 
pose. We are not concerned in the 
uplift of the drama or anything of. 
that sort. All we aim to do Is to 
provide entertainment. Bedroom 
farces will be taboo. Th«» play^ will 
be the old -fashioned, honcst-to- 
goodness ones in whieh the hero al- 
ways triumphs and the villain gets 
his just desertrt/' 

In the company are, besides Mr 
Guy: Jean Selkirk. Klsie Powler. 
Irene Daniels, Bert' P. Merirng, 
JackfOO Murray. Art R. Waltor 

Mr. and Mrs. Duggan Each 
Has Claim for $25,000— 

Trials Corrijfig Up 

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Clitc.ago, June '7. 

Into the courts will go tho dam- 
ago suit registered against the 
Congress hotel by Mr. and Mrs. 
Walter S. I>uggan last October. 
when they were ordered out of the 
hotel by the night house detective 
after having been guests there far 
more than two months, and at a 
time when Mrs.* Duggan's mbther 
was occupying an adjoining room at 
thp point, of death. , '. 

All chance for. .an amicable sou 
t lenient out of court have been drs»- 
missed becdtfse- Of lh&* plaintiff's' re- 
fusal to accept ati Indirect off^r qf 
ij2,0q, sugg/Bsted.for .a possible, set- 
tlement by pounsel, for t,he . d>f end,- 
WV :.. The rfluggans . have, fllcd. in- 
dividual , spits, . each fop. $25,000. 
Close .frienda claim . that owing to 
pie haughtiness Qf the hotel .man- 
agement over the whole affair, they 
are going to fight the case tooth and 
nail In t,he courts,, led by ,a/i array 
,of legal support, from, New Yorfc and 
Chicago, headed by.Be.n Ejhrlicti. 

A, slip-up by the h^use detective 
mis-cueing the occupied room chart 
and then refusing, to be guided by 
the night clerk (somewhat flowering 
the thought that the night clerks 
inr Chicago loop hotels have no 6fH- 
f iai standing with house, detectives) 
is alleged to bo the reason why! the 
Duggans were disturbed at 2:45 on 
the morning of October 6, last. 
While Duggan was giving the de- 
tective a wordy battle after almost 
coming to blow's, Mrs. Duggan 
fainted, hitting her head on a trunk. 

This situation, on top of (he dis- 
turbance 'causing Mrs. Duggan's 
seriously III mother In the adjoin- 
ing room to be made uneasy, neces- 
sitating a call for a nurse, made it 
impossible for Duggan to leave the 
hotel WhlcH it is str'^d he Would 
'have Mono to administer a stirrer 
suit AgAfnSt the hotel for the short- 
comings of ' the executive manage- 
ment bearing ' On the detective 
forces. ' The mother died three 
weeks after the incident, but it is 
said t"hia happening* will not enter 
into the case. When the mother 
was removed from the hotel, tho 
Driggarrs moved, sfter the' hotel 
management refused "to extend any 
"consideration, even to the • winhes 
of the' plaintiffs demanding the im- 
mediate discharge of the* hou.^e de- 
tective. • . 

Counsel for the defendant is In- 
dicating that a letter written by 
Duggan ; to the hotel, calling for the 
expense that the affair incurred for 
him be paid, will offset the demand 
for the amount of the suits. This 
letter* Was/ written at a timeDug- 
gan >vas burdened' with the* Interests 
of the, gofwyn "show? In town, and 
his decision, to sue came' after the 
hotel management refused; to. ac- 
knowledge its wrong in the me«s, 
eye,n Jo the ; extent of an apology 
from . the: Jveujfmann q/rtcos. When 
the suit was .filed, it came ; as .a 
surprise to tho hotel management. 
Counsel, for, thp .plaintiff,* clainv the 
opposing counsel made light of the 
suit, a<kllng "|hey were lhe^t,rr;al 
folk4 snd« won't -be.. back- In Abe. city 
to fight the case." 

. Duggan's »retyrn to.l/ecome a. res- 
idents of Chicago a*, managpr pf '^he 
New Selwyn. theatre; has rikindU'd 
the situstlOn; . ■ •■■> ■•■-.... 

'It \A known 1 the .ponrferVntive 
he.i.ds ,< f ' the Congress hotel m*n- 
agemept realize ^he crise 'should be 
sp.ttlcd out ' ot court, " but It ! ls 
hinted, t' , there is rivalry befween 
two of the managing directors of 
the hotel, and since the mix-up 
happened on the relief of one.^the 
other Is stubbornly folding 'out; to 
cause whatever Injury the loss of 
the rase will bring the rival. 

"Leave it to the jury" Is the only 
comment local newspapermen can 
draw from the plaintiffs. 

author, whose home Is here, paying j L,arrv Atkinson, lOarle, Crook ang 

Larry Fletcher.. , , ; , 

Performawveev will be .ffive^ t flv > 
nights a week. Saturday andSun 
day are the off nights. 

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Refusing to accept a salary cut of 
10 per cent., ordered for; the entire 
east of "The Goldfish" by the Shu- 
berts last week, Wijton Lackaye re- 
ceived his. noktIce.aud.wUI leaye the 
play next week, "The Goldfish", has 
bepn at tho 33th St. for the last six 

Weeks. ' 

George Renevant will succeed. 
Marjprie RamlK?.V is,,starre1 and 
I^awkaye /.v'u«ed in VThe ,.Gol<Uu»h." 
If m.iymove ui to an uptown tboatr* 


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Friday, June 9, II 



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Sunday night the dress rehearsal 
Of the new "Follies" wound up at 
2 a.m. Monday evening at the pub- 
lic premiere the performance ended 
at 12.55. Tuesday night it was over 
at 12.20, a gain of 36 minutes, most- 
ly made through the elimination of 
a couple of songs from the previous 
performance and one comedy scene 
that didn't get what was looked for 
from it. That was the "talking 
backwards" bit. It was called "The 
Green Eyed Moneter," and credit 
was given on the program for it to 
Andre Chariot of London, one of the 
revue producers over there. Lulu 
McConnell lost her first number In 
Vie eliminations. That was "I'm 
Satisfied," and Andrew Tombes had 
to pass up "Rambler Rose/' the 
other out song. 

Tuesday night, with still an hour 
at least to be cut from the perform- 
ance, the Ziegfeld bunch didn't know 
where to start or what to take out. 

"The Follies" opened "cold" In 
New York, transplanting the cus- 
tomary Atlantic City procedure 
right onto the stage of the Amster- 
dam. The Sunday ads told the peo- 
ple to bring ham and eggs with 
them. It's quite likely Flo Ziegfeld 
will make that an annual habit now. 
opening "cold," without the trouble 
and expense of transporting the 
bulky production, though expense 
seems to be the last thing Ziegfeld 
ever thinks of when putting on a 
"Follies." This new show repre- 
sented before opening an investment 
of $265,000. This season it holds its 
Largest complement of stage people 
— 31 principals and 84 chorus girls. 

"The Follies" at the New Amster- 
dam is $4 top. At that scale the 
house can do between $35,000 and 
$36,000 weekly. Cutting the scale 
to $4 from the $5 of last season 
makes a difference of between $4,500 
and $5,000 weekly. The present aim, 
through the cut and bigness of the 
show, is for an indefinite run, al- 
though opening in hot weather. The 
Amsterdam will use up the tran- 
sients over the summer and expects 
to remain in New York through the 
fall Anyway. 

Before the premiere three ex>medx 
scenes wese tried out in small-time 
vaudeville theatres. One, the base- 
ball scene, by Ring Lardner* re- 
mained in, but the other two, one 
by Lardner and the other by Ralph 
Spence, were decided against. The 
comedy scenes the show retained 
will, when the performance is 
trimmed down to its proper length, 
probably give "The Follies" more 
laughs than it has held in years. 

The star of this and all "Follies" 
Is "Lace-Land," an exquisite, gor- 
geous display that gains immeasur- 
ably through a lighting and paint- 
ing scheme that it was built for, 
although the number, really a lace 
ballet, could have stood, by itself. 
It cost $31,000 to stage this single 
number. In it is the radium paint 
or coloring brought over here by 
Geo. Choos from the other side and 
sold to Ziegfeld. The paint costs 
$185 .a pound. A Parisian invented 
the process. "The Follies'" first pur- 
chase was 750 pounds, and the paint 
will last without renewing as long 
as the costume endures. The lace 
gowns and medallions o£ the scene 
a.e brushed over with the paint, the 
process calling for skillful brush 
wiclders. Its finale to the color out- 
Hne with the faces unseen is slowly 
developed. As the white lights are 
gradually turned off the magnificent 
lace gown worn by Mary Eaton, who 
leads the ballet, may be seen to be 
changing color. It looks like a light 
bronze. By this time everything in 
sight on the stage is changing, and 
as other lights are blended all are 
blacked out excepting the painted 
laces. The paint is of many beauti- 
ful colorings, especially on the med- 
allions hung on the back drop. It's 
mere striking and effective than the 
pearl scene of the "Music Box Re- 
vue." This lace ballet was preceded 
earlier in the performance by an 
ordinary black and white effect, 
Something like Wayburn's "Phantom 
Lancers" of years ago. 

Another handsome scene of lux- 
urious design was the ballet, 
"Frolicking Gods," near to the clos- 
ing of the first part. It was pro- 
duced by Fokine, with music by 
Tschaikowsky, and scenery by Ur- 
ban. This built up into a smash 
finale and was one of the several 
sight pictures. Another closely fol- 
lowing was the first act finale that 
brought on about 72 of the chorus 
girls in lines, on steps, the girls 
coming to the apron, down the steps, 
and walking into the wings, to be 
afterward aligned in groups along 
each of the broad steps. For the 
finish the front of the stage opened, 
with the steps carried beneath, and 
the girls, still in groups and step, 
man lied down below the stage and 
out of sight of the audience, leaving 
the stage wholly bare (without any 
principal! in this finale) for the cur- 

Another si^ht number was the 
.second aet opening, "Farljandio," 
designed by Jams* Reynolds, staged 
l»y Fokine. and with Victor Herbert 
music. Other production bits were 
for numbers, excepting the linale of 
the Fh'ow. That was the stage door 
of the theatre ("Follies") from which 
emerged all the principal*, one by 

with chorus girls coming down a 
spiral staircase and other girls ap- 
pearing in the windows of the dress- 
ing rooms. It made a simple but 
effective finish, and also gave a cer- 
tain line on how each of the prin- 
cipals stood with the audience, as 
the house applauded vigorously or 
otherwise as the principal* walked 
across the stage. 

The first act Monday night ran to 
'10.50. It meant too much show, and 
forecast the late closing hour. The 
cuts the second night occurred in the 
first part. Besides' the "wireless 
scene," painted by the Law Studios, 
containing comedy and music, was 
moved into the second act. The 
wireless is in sections, to the right 
showing a radio broadcasting sta- 
tion. The comedy is from the studied 
manner of the concert announcer. 

While no mention is made of its 
author, it probably was written by 
Gene Buck, who has had as much 
to do with this "Follies" as he has 
had with others for years. In fact 
Ziegfeld may engage writers \by the 
dozens but it always comes out at 
the end that Buck has done the 
most of what is most important to 
the show, for Buck understands 
"The Follies" no less than Ziegfeld 
himself. It's also a question whethes 
Ziegfeld or Buck laid out the run- 
ning order for the first" performance. 
That was no slight job. It makes 
framing up a vaudeville bill seem 
easy. To make but one shift in 31 
scenes after the opening night is 
well-nigh a world's record for a 
production of this magnitude. 

In comedy the show had a "Rip 
Van "Winkle" scene (Lardner), that 
was on early and caught the laughs 
looked for from it, of a 20-year sleep 
with the wife of the sleeper return- 
ing as an ultra -suffragette. The 
first part was short on comedy the 
opening night and Will Rogers, next 
to closing in that section, was 
looked for to fill in the laughing 
gaps, but Rogers for some reason 
went off on a tangent, remained 
over 20 minutes, and talked about 
"inside stuff," as he called it, mak- 
ing it too intimate and taking too 
many chances. Rogers likely be- 
lieved the wise first nighters would 
fall for something different, but they 
didn't, and they also muffed a cou- 
ple of dandy new rope tricks Rogers 
showed. Tuesday night the talking 
lariat artist got back to his topical 
routine, did 17 minutes and made 
them laugh. 

"The Disagreement (Disarma- 
ment) Conference" (Rogers- Spence) 
was inserted, taken from the "Mid- 
night Frolic" Rogers headed. It's all 
Rogers with bits from his monologs 
and some slapstick business, with 
Rogers as Secretary Hughes and 
Brandon Tynan's performance, rep- 
resenting England, standing out, 
aside from Rogers' glib comment. 
It was a laugh all the way. 

Another comedy scene in the sec- 
ond act was "The Bull Pen" (Lard- 
ner), a baseball bit with a bush- 
league pitcher complaining because 
the major team he is with won't 
send him in to pitch a regular game. 
He's warming up in the pen, with 
Rogers and Al Ochs, as other 
pitchers, kidding him along. Mr. 
Tombes is the busher. Mr. Lardner 
made this fast and snappy. It's full 
of quips and cross-fire, all base- 
ball, but the Tuesday night house 
picked tho laughs without any 

"Uppers and Lowers" was writ- 
ten by Charles C. Mather and 
Charles Sumner (program). It 
sounds like a vaudeville act that 
played the Orpheum but did not get 
east. It's the interior of a Pull- 
man sleeper, with the drop down 
nearly to the stage. The story is 
told by feet. It runs rather length- 
ily and works into but one laugh at 
the finish, though that laugh is a 
howl. It's the gag of the woman 
in the sleeper trying to find her 
berth and all the berths answering 
her call. 

The performance has several 
number productions, and also the 
Palace Girls, 16 John Tiller yarung 
women from London. John Tiller 
himself came over to put the Palace 
misses through their four dances, 
each scoring. Tiller left last Satur- 
day without waiting for the pre- 
miere. These Palace Girls are a 
clean up. JThey appear to have 
more steps than the usual English 
troupe from the Tiller mechanical 
dancing school. 

One of the numbers with girls 
behind her was lead by Gilda Grey, 
who had two or three appearances. 
Miss Grey still hangs onto her 
shimmy and sings as well as a good 
shimmy dancer could be expected 
to sing, but the shimmy thing 
looked colder Monday night than 
the premiere it was a part of. And 
if it Isn't a shimmy it's a wiggle. 
They are twins anyway. Just de- 
pends with what part you do it. 
Miss Grey received plenty of ap- 
plause, so much the other people in 
the house had to quiet it down. 

Gallagher and Shean did their 
"Mister" number. While it wasn't 
the riot in the $4 house that vaude- 
ville acclaims it continuously, the 
couple got it over to .several Sncores. 
Next to closing of the entire show. 
it was repeated in a comedy way 
through Rogers and Tombes com- 
ing on first before the same drop, 
■tngfng the "Mister" song, with Gal- 

returning to the stage and demand- 
ing to know why such a trick had 
been attempted. 

"The Sunny South'* was a Coco- 
nut Grove production bit, with Lulu 
McConnell singing "I Don't Want to 
Be in Dixie" jutt before it. Miss 
McConnell did not seem to have any 
real opportunity for comedy or 
otherwise, and failed to live up to 
her production record of the past 
two seasons. 

The show holds three good solo 
dancers among the women, one in 
particular, Martha Lorber, stealing 
the applause hit of the night through 
a corking two-legged kicking dance 
she did near Hhe finish of the per- 
formance. It was really an exhibi- 
tion and evidenced the utmost prac- 
tice. Mary Eaton danced on her 
toes and Rita Owen did an eccen- 

About Mary Eaton, it's 20 to 1 that 
the "Follies" or any other show can't 
much longer keep this girl among 
the also ran principals. She can hold 
up a performance if given the scope. 
She has everything, also a sister, 
Pearl, who's not so bad, either. 

Two young girls, the Connor Bis- 
ters, provided likeable moments 
singing and dancing, used to fill in 
waits at times. Nervo and Knox, an 
English male team (from "Pins and 
Needles") did the sfow motion bit 
they had In the de Courville show, 
also a dance travesty that made the 
second night house laugh. There's 
a good comedian in this team, and, 
speaking of that, this "Follies" will 
do more for Al Shean's reputation 
as a performer than anything he has 
previously done. Shean is showing 
the Ziegfeld bunch what a good per- 
former he is, away from the "Mis- ( 
ter" song and in all the bits he is' 

Will Rogers looms up as principal 
comedian. He handles dialog (away 
from his monolog) as though flirt- 
ing with production roles all his life. 
His sense of humor and knowledge 
of getting points over make it easy 
for him here. There seems to be less 
maneuvering for rail positions 
among the present "Follies" princi- 
pals than has been known of in the 
past. Perhaps it's the better team 
work that is getting better results. 
Tombes is an instance. He also 
stands out in the chow, tackling a 
lot and getting away with nearly 
all of it 

Lou la A. Hirsch and Dave Stamper 

colorful, also more delicately staged. 
Some whe raved over the first show 
may have believed it the best, hut 
to that class of patron which 
"Chauve-Souris" makes its strong- 
est hid— and that means the smart 
crowd and the literary — the new 
bill will probably be the heaviest 

The half dome of the roof has 
been entirely devoted to mural 
paintings by Nicolas Remisoff, 
Balieff's artist. Legendary tales 
having significance in Russian tra- 
dition are portrayed. The subjects 
selected may be said to be astro- 
logical. A page of description in 
the program suggests the By- 
zantium origin, explaining that 
Russian art early absorbed, much 
of the color and many of the pat- 
terns of the Orient. There is no 
doubt about the color. It runs much 
to reds. The entire roof decorations 
lent the suggestion that it is a Rus- 
sian grotto, that impression fur- 
thered by the arched entrances near 
the boxes that trim the back of the 
house. Special designs cover the 
chandeliers, making the lighting 
devices Russian too. The general 
result is as successful as Gest in- 
tended. It is like walking into a 
theatre on the other side of the 

"Chauve-Souris* for its second 
premiere opened against the new 
"Follies." The first intention to 
open the latter show Tuesday night 
brought about the coniliction. From 
the first-nighters at the roof show 
the opposed opening made no dif- 
ference. There was a maize of 
evening costumes, with multi-col- 
ored shawls that rivaled the bright 
designs of the Russian players. The 
TJalleff show has drawn a motor 
trade since its first night that made 
it one of the most profitable of the 
season's ventures. 

There are two favorite numbers 
retained from the first show. They 
are "The Parade of the Wooden 
Soldiers" and "Katinka." The first 
named was regularly programed, 
taking the same spot at No. 3 and 
drawing down "encore" vigorously 
shouted by Balieff. The bit seemed 
as popular as when first presented. 
But no less so than "Katinka," the 
dancing lesson number presented 
upon a raised and enclosed plat- 
form* That came "next to closing," 
being inserted probably by request. 

Balieff had advised the house that 

other cameo, splendidly done be 
three girls, "el 

A dash of burlesque made Its an* 
pearance with "The Three Hunts- 
men," who are interrupted by the 
appearance of a pretty peasant. All 
three bid for her hand, with the 
maid and the winner placing fingers 
to noses at the losers. This was 
curtain, and there was prolonged 
applause. An alluring maid in a 
tree warbled\ her bare legs winning 
as much attention as the active part 
ticipants. The gal may have been 
Mme. Komisarjevskala, certainly 
one of the toughest names If not the 
real prize winner of the entire com* 

"The Clown," a serious panto-. 
mime, done to the music of Chopin' 
won the artistic, while "Soldi** 
Songs Before the Revolution 1 ' 
ended the show, For it a curious 
drop was used, tho heads of the 
company peeping through. A count 
showed the Russian bunch to nunv* 
ber 18 players in all. 

Two artists are credited with the 
scenes and costumes. Remisoff did 
most, with S. Soudeikine credited 
with the others. Remisoff, though 
designing the roof decorations, had 
M. Tchernoff doing the actual execu- 
tion. r 

The Russian theatre atop the 
Century Beats around 800, which is 
in excess of the 49th Street's seating 
capacity. There are fewer seats at 
$5 for the roof, that counting a re- 
vision of scale. "Chauve-Souris* 
in its new home/ can play to as 
much gross as wjfen downtown. The' 
Balieff show is still a real novelty, 
and if it can continue* to draw re- 
peaters here as at the 49th Street 
it will liven the Central park ppot 
through the summer. Ibee. 

were also concerned in the music, if it did not like some of the num 
Oscar Radin is orchestra director. I bers to "let them pass." The first 

Among other principals were Mary 
Lewis, Mark Truscott, Muriel Stry- 
ker, Helen Lee Worthing. Grant 
Simpson, with Jessie Reed still queen 
among the chorus or show girls. 

"The Follies" has so much show 
it's only a matter of condensation. 
It looks to harve more than any 
"Follies" has had, and should be the 
best of the lot when trimmed down 
and polished off. As that kind of a 
"Follies" there is no season why it 
should not have a long run at $4 top. 
The "Lace" effect will be a Broad- 
way rave for a long while. 

Just why in the summer, when 
openings are rare, there should have 
been three Monday night, each dis- 
tinguished, is something the P. M. A. 
will never hear about, but each lost 
much publicity through the clash. 



(Second Program) 
But a couple of seasons ago Mor- 
ris Gest was the czar of the Century 
Roof. There he produced midnight ithing was scandalous. 

two seemed long, the humidity of 
the early evening counting against 
them. "The Moscow Fiances" might 
have been a "Words Mean Nothing" 
number, for all the shouting and 
singing were meaningless to the lay- 
men. The caricatures, however, were 
easily recognizable. "Evening Bells" 
was a trio song effort, well lighted, 
but "just number two." 

"The Nightingale," which fol- 
lowed the soldier number, was the 
first of several cameos. Two very 
pretty songstresses within a bit of 
garden, pictured through a circle 
with splendid results. "The King 
Orders the Drums to Be Beaten" 
was described as an old French bal- 
lad. Five players were concerned, 
the song being taken up by each in 
turn. The king sees the wife of a 
marquis, whom he asks for. The 
marquis must obey the king, but 
the queen gives the poor lady pois- 
oned flowers, the scent of which 
kills her. A jester monotonously 
sung a chorus so frequently as to be 
aggravating. Balieff said the whole 

one, assembling toward the left side, lather and Shean in street clothe* 

revues when not deep in plans for 
spectacle productions such as "Chu 
Chin Chow," "Aphrodite" and 
"Mecca," the latter two put . on 
downstairs in the enormous Century 
theatre. The roof enterprises were 
the Central Park echo of Ziegf eld's 
"Frolics' atop the New Amsterdam 
roof. Both types of late show have 
vanished, but Gest returned to the 
Century aerial garden last Monday. 
Tie maintains the late show stamp- 
ing grounds, having been quite^prof- 
itable for him at times. 

W T ith his producing partner, F. 
Ray Comstock, he brought Nikita 
Balieff's "Chauve-Souris" of the 
Bat Theatre, Moscow, up from the 
49th Street theatre, where the at- 
traction ran 18 week*. The Russian 
importation slipped in on rubbers 
during the winter. It was known to 
have scored roundly in London and 
Paris. But New ,York knew little 
or nothing about it. "Chauve- 
Souris" landed as the novelty of the 
season, and the first announced plan 
of a limited engagement of five or 
six weeks was quickly forgotten. 
In the face of a sustained period of 
box office decline and downward 
revision of admission scales the at- 
traction was offered at $5 top, being 
• the only show at the price except 
the "Music Box Revue" this season. 
Tho hitter's management dropped 
the scale to $4 after tho flrs4 four 
or five months, that leaving 
"Chauve Souris" alone at the high 
scale. It is still in the position, the 
switch uptown carrying with it the 
$5 idea. 

A new program was staged on 
the roof, inaugurating Gest I idea 
o- making the house (it is now 
seated like a theatre instead of the 
tahlo system) a Russian theatre.' 
The new bill, as with tho original, 
is to be descrihi d as suited to sp< - 
cial tastes — a liberal portion of im- 
ported caviar. Balieff, a eomedian 
of extraordinary perception and 
quick thinking, again dominates the 
performance. Tho new show has 
less similarity to our own vaude- 
ville than the first, but is far more 

Pour Spanish serenaders bid for 
the favor of maiden's love for the 
next number. The number was 
"Petita," and tho whole a comedy 
quartet, interrupted when "papa" 
appeared at the window and hurled 
imprecations and a brick at tho 
singers. Russian folk songs and 
dances ended the first part of the 
show. "Babi." as the peasants are 
called, frisked about with one lone 
male, who was finally elected to 
purchase the trinkets of a peddler 
for the whole lot. It was the big- 
gest applause getter after '"wooden 
soldiers," but Balieff appeared be- 
fore tho curtain as usual and de- 
plored the call for encore. He said 
Russian girls are very sad and 
couldn't repeat the number. 

The list of stranglehold names of 
the girls (the entire cast is now 
programmed, with credits for all 
numbers) was a tip for Nikita. He 
petted the audience by telling how 
sympathetic it was, then read a 
cablegram from tho Russian Art 
Theatre, Moscow, thanking the 
American artists who participated 
in the benefit at the 49th Str 
some weeks age, when $10,000 was 
realized for the impoverished play- 
ers of that city. Halieff then said 
H doctor told him the various Rus- 
sian name handles such as itch, 
otztch. outveh and otseh, if pro- 
nounced together made the general 
sound as sneezing. He tried to get 
the whole audience to try it, though 
one hero worshipper called out that 
it was unsanitary. At intermission 
virtually the entire audience took to 
the promenade and the terrace out- 
side, the whole making a brilliant 

"A Musical Snuff Box" opened the 
second part That, too, was done 
upon a raised stage, the three play- 
ers being automatons. "The Black 
Hussars" at feast and song came 
m-xt, it being the best male ensem- 
ble singing of the evening. Balieff 
explained there were no more black 
huzza rs, and since the revolution 
they have been called "Reds." "A 
1 Copenhagen Porcellcne" proved an- 


Bfr Anthony Absolute Tyrone Power 

Cupt. Absolute Robert Warwick! 

Paulkland Pedro de Cordobe 

Acree Francis Wilson 

Sir Lucius O Trigger. John Crmir 

Pas Henry E. Dlxty 

David James T. Powtrs 

Mrs. Malaprop Mary Shaw 

T.yuia languish « Violet Hemtnc 

Lucy Patricia Collknge 

Opening against the Ziegfeld 
"Follies," tho most formidable rival 
of the theatrical year for a smart 
turnout, "The Rivals" registered 
one of tho— most pronounced tri- 
umphs of the season, artistically, 
professionally and financially. 

Aft the classic Empire, in the clas- 
sic farce of Philip Brinsley Sheridan; 
presented by a truly classic cast and 
before a worshipful audience of the 
cognoscenti, this perennial gem of 
pre-Revolutionary wit and satire 
scintillated and sparkled. 

Joseph Jefferson, who first pro- 
duced "The Rivals" fn America* 
would have been proud to see Ty- 
rone Power in his role. And Sheri- 
dan, who saw his immortal lampoon 
on romance, human foibles and so- 
cial delusions a failure before John 
Hancock signed the Declaration of 
Independence, might have been 
/compensated by its ultimate success 
for its original cropper. 

The Players is a dignified and 
venerable club of legitimate artists. 
Booth was one of its founders, and 
it lives up to his traditions today. 
This enterprice at the Empire is to 
be the first of an annual presenta- 
tion of one of*the great plays of all 
times. If those to follow are as 
worthy and as meritorious as the* 
first, the Playeni is to become a fig- 
ure in the theatre of this nation 
that will lend sJory to the institu- 
tion and laurelste the Players. 

The magnificent spirit in which 
this presentation was made breathed 
from every item associated with it, 

The players, without regard for 
rank or reputation, played the main 
roles and the bits with sincerity 
and evident preparation that reflect- 
ed respect for their calling and 
their art. The entire atmosphere 
was so refreshingly apart from the' 
present-day retching after "billing" 
and "starring" and those other per- 
nicious affectations of egotism and 
self-selling which unfortunately 
damns the stage of the day and 
turns it into a market place for only 
dollars and "recognition." 

Henry Dixey, who was a star be- 
fore most of the present day flick-* 
erers saw the light, played a serv- 
ant, and played him with all he had. 
James T. Powers, ditto, did ditto. 
Miss Collinge, also a star in her own 
right, followed their example. The 
famous Mrs. Malaprop, one of the 
first "gravy" roles and one of the 
most lasting, was done by Mary 
Shaw, comparatively obscure. A»d 
Robert Warwick, the only one of the 
east who is not a Player, was given 
the romantic lead. 

Mr. Power, stentorian and mel- 
low, unctuous and frne, gave Sir 
Anthony all that Sheridan might 
ever have dreamed for him. War* 
wick was marveldUsly true and up- 
standing, and for a young player 
amazingly malleable to the stilted 
forms of the old English methods in 
playwriting and playplaying. And 
Powers was delicious as a Scotch* 
man as was Francis Wilson in the 
Acres role and John Craig as the 
flery Irishman. 

For delightful amusement as well 
as an exhibit of the truest worth of 
tiie theatre in its happiest memories 
and its nicest episodes, this presen- 
tation of "The Rivals" is a tidbit 
that must not bo missed by N e * 
fork, «vcn though the air din with 
musical hallyhoos and sex atroci- 
ties in the temples oner dedicated to 
such plays as "The Rivals" and such 
performances as it is getting at the 
Empire, £•<»*• 



y, June 9, 1»22 








KJTwStlU Jo« C Bm\H\, Joseph N 
*•■£ Albert N. CurUM. Katie Pullman. 
SfCLJu Uinh. Betty Moore. I*e Ann- 
< ***™TirrancU Henault. Troeper and Mer- 
ffSa J** 08 * Ails and company. > 

Chicago. June 7. 

When this review of the "Holly- 
wood Follies" appears on the street 
♦hire are apt to be only three per- 
formances remaining of the Play- 
CSS attraction, but it is well 
Zfarth while, because it has given 
WU] Morrissey a chance to tell the 
Playgoers of Chicago why he was 
Jut out of the Lambs. 

After what the critics did for 
•Hollywood Follies"— at least tried 
to do— it cannot ever be truthfully 
-«jd the Chicago Judges of art for 
newspaper reading are "tough guys." 
There were many reasons why a 
i e( rton array of friends wanted this 
attraction to be "set-in" pretty, and 
the critics took it upon themselves 
to set the pace for the admiration. 
Aahton Stevens became so enthu- 
siastic he broke all precedent and 
cornered Will Morrissey long enough 
to draw out many valuable things in 
Will's life that should make htm an 
everlasting favorite in Chicago. 

Stevens got Morrissey to admit 
that he was put out of the Lambs 
because there was altogether too 
much Irish propaganda in that fa- 
mous playlet. "The Dawn of Ire- 
land." thereby making him a "Num- 
ber Thirteen George M. Cohan, since 
he sings, dances, acts, writes, pro- 
duces and is out of the Lambs." Be- 
cause of all the co-operation Mor- 
rissey has been given by the local 
newspaper men since he popped into 
town with his latest attempt, exe- 
cuted so fast that Morrissey now 
holds the world's record for produc- 
ing a show in the unveiling of "Hol- 
lywood Follies." he is heralded from 
one end of Chicago to the other as 
the "Shoestring Ziegfeld." Bill takes 
the new honors modestly, but prefers 
spending the time convincing the 
creditors that "Hollywood Follies" 
has a chance if a third and fourth 
week are allowed. 

Morrissey's ambitions would — and 
at that they may be yet if the bank 
roll holds out — be realized if some 
kind-hearted individual has gotten 
hold of Will at Bloomington. where 
the offering was tried out prior to its 
third-rail rapid entrance into the 
premiere, and persuaded him to de- 
lay the opening in Chicago, and ar- 
ray the entertainment as it was 
given last night. There was so 
much uncertainty as to what would 
constitute the program after the un- 
satisfactory tryout at Bloomington 
and the personnel of the organiza- 
tion wrangled so fiercely en route 
back that the audience for the open- 
ing night was seated, before a defi- 
nite program was decided upon back 
stage. That best tells the atmos- 
phere which predominated. Under 
the conditions the opening perform- 
ance gave everything a black eye 
except Bill's smile. Dismissing the 
time that Ashton Stevens consumed 
getting him to reveal a tew inside 
secrets anent his life, Morrissey has 
been straightening out the mania 
until now there arises a dying hope 
that the entertainment will go into 
a third week. The bank roll is the 
worrisome item, plus the readjust- 
ment of the commonwealth basis on 
which the whole affair Is proceeding. 

Loop constituents are pulling hard 
for Morrissey to overcome the bad 
premiere. In the show as now pre- 
sented one finds good summer pleas- 
ure. Last night's audience proved 
this when the applause was so pro- 
longed that the performers lost their 
stage" presence because of no encore 
numbers on tap. These encores 
weren't eo earnestly awarded the 
opening night, although they were 
there because of the- house being 
filled with friends. Last night's per- 
formance, featured with changes for 
the best, won its applause on merit 

Morrissey worked along his fa- 
miliar lines of putting on a show 
when it became positive he was able 
to get a theatre. He found the Play- 
house dark and grabbed it from Les- 
ter Bryant. Contracting Josef \ 
fcwickard and Marguerite Marsh for 
JOIps, his title was cinched, fox there 
ne had movie folks, and go "Holly- 
wood Follies" became known. The 
B " ow « classed as a hokum movical 
revue in two acts, has nothing to 
0° at all with Hollywood except for 

?«°i seys in - si st'iiK at ovevy pea- 
*" nie opportunity that reformers 
snouid be chloroformed who attack 
«ie certain section of California now 
under a cloud. Bayi the program 

nUfu. the Utle: "This show baa 
nothing to do with Hollywood what- 
ever, but it's better than U Needa 
"iscuit or Campbell's soup." 

ln» orr,ss °y Sets under way arsum- 
nh a Hayrn °n<> Hitchcock aimos- 
ihlT r * ° f ac nuainting himself with 
h«8 £. tron - • ThiH i(1 " a »* * 1 laughable 
«nr, wnen the flapper chorus Is 
Tii J ,ngly am1 »P*a<tJly Introduced. 
JrJ c n°rus and dances were handled 

1ii.» 8 l gc ' (i by Jo«»'l>h C. Smith, and 
J'«t where Morrissey collected the 

hnv , ,R ft 8not Lo()n ,<:rro1 must 

Krrfti k s V d ' ■NhoOJli It >«. known 

timp 'ri 8n * hern out nore ' or somc 
(**?■'. chorus is the outstanding 

5S Jf*. u and tno invididual endeav- 
Zj tf> « '- ta in pick-out numbers 
v voa *«<*"» are chorus girls hcro- 

aboute that can stand a once -over 
from the best of four Broadway 
chorus directors. There is one girl 
who kicks high who won't have to 
look for a job next summer if She 
goes to New York. 

It's impossible to make a review 
of the scenes and bits at this writ- 
ing for they are undergoing changes 
at every performance. Morrissey 
is such a rapid worker In the mat- 
ter of introducing scenes that a 
playgoer could go to one of Mor- 
rissey's outputs every night and 
find a new scene or bit. Some day 
Bill will sift his complete assort- 
ment, and then, when properly di- 
rected as to when to make the pre- 
miere, will strike gold. It's coming 
to Bill if for nothing else than for 
hard work in the past with nothing 
more than a dime for a bankroll. 

Roscoe Ails is featured. Just 
what Ails is capable of doing, the 
theatrical world knows. He's work- 
ing hard with Morrissey, as is evi- 
denced by his placing his entire 
headline vaudeville act in the 
show. Ails' act runs away with the 
whole show, and it is so placed that 
if other scenes were built up to it, 
the entertainment would solidly be 
"there," for at least the summer 
entertainment intended for the 
Playhouse. Kate Pullman and 
Charles Calvert, as everybody con- 
nected with vaudeville knows, give 
the Ails act the added jazs en- 
thusiasm that makes the whole act 
worth the thunderous applause It 
got last night. 

Marguerite Marsh hasn't much 
to do now that the show has been 
changed over the premiere. It was 
for her name alone that Miss Marsh 
was contracted and this should 
have been kept in mind on the open- 
ing night, when the young lady was 
tossed into scenes that were as 
foreign to her as a good glass of 
beer is to red-blooded Americans 
these days. 

Peggy Worth needs no apologies. 
Her general appearances prove that 
she stopped at no expense tc cast 
wealth into the general dres^ of the 
troupe. Betty Moore was another 
girl who stood up well. Joseph M. 
Regan contributed toe only real 
voice in the array of talent. ?Iis 
efforts were the big feature. He 
was aided in his numbers and at 
the piano by Alberta Curliss. 

Francis Renault offered his 
"Fashion" exhibit in two spots in 
the show, one toward the close of 
the first act and the other at the 
opening of the second. His display 
of raiment was gorgeous and his 
female characterizations were artis- 
tic. Prosper and Maret, local gym- 
nasts, came at the right spot for 
feats of strength and equilibrium. 
A surprise team was offered — 
dancers, who were not programed, 
and it's well that Morrissey dug 
them up before Geo. M. Cohan 
sighted them for his ideas of dance 
insertions such as featured "Mary" 
and "The O'Brien Girl." They have 
the Cohan idea of speed. 

It's spirit that Will Morrissey 
sprinkles around a cast that will 
keep Intact the organization at the 
Playhouse if stipends aren't forth- 
coming. The house is being heavily 
"papered" for the balance of the 
week to gain the advertising of 
word-of-mouth. The critics had a 
chance to "massacre" the presenta- 
tion the opening night. They didn't, 
however. Instead they gave the 
Chicago public a good drift of the 
spirit that prompted the organiza- 
tion, because both Will Morrissey 
and Lester Bryant are liked here. 


Atlantic City, June 7. 

"A Roru*nc« of Tout V * play by Myron 
C. F»g*a, opsr.rd at tfea Apollo Monday! 

Margaret Carroll McComaa 

Hob Charles Trowbridge 

William Noal lobn Webater 

Walter Davenport Wm, H. Harcourt 

Sally Florence Jfidoey 


Doe Dudley Marshall Birmingham 

Helen Moroe Kthel Jackson 

Mm Craig Panchon Campbell 

William Noel John Webater 

Irene Burton Beth Varden 

Frances Ainsley (Margaret) 

Carroll MoCorraaa 

R. Warren Burton ...Chaa. Trowbridge 

Sally Waters Florence Edney 


Atlantic City, June 7. 
"Love and Kisses," a musical comedy 
with the play by Daniel Kuascl. music by 
Albert Von Tilzer and lyrics by Neville 
Fleeson, opened at the Olube theatre Mon- 
day for a week. 

Lorn Barnstable Martin Gibbons 

Silas O'Day Clarenee Bcllair 

Libby O'jxiy Nola St. Claire 

Jack ilayden Lew Brlce 

Mary Thompson Helen Ford 

Harrison Bartlett Alan Kdwards 

Mildred Ripley Eliaabeth AJd«>n 

John Cousins K'ddie Buteell 

Sonya Maison Bertee Beaumont 

Mazie Lelewer Dolly Lewis 

Sophia Trask Hales Van Hoose 

Pauline VaMine Smith 

I'auiette Dorothy Smith 

Mlml Helene Coyne 

Armand Henri French 



Sir Conan Doyle Is quoted as saying "Hell is only a ward in Heaven's 
hospital." Well if there are hospitals there it is not Heaven. 

It was with recollections of Pinero 
and Arthur Henry Jones that we sat 
through the offering of Mr. Pagan's 
authorship at the Apollo and learned 
of the depth of artificiality neces- 
sary for forced emotional acting. It 
was with additional interest we en- 
joyed the pleasure of watching the 
depths and variations of play inci- 
dent to the Carroll McComas of to- 

As an actress she has long been 
absent from Atlantic City, where she 
once appeared frequently. In those 
days of youth and glamor her prom- 
ise was more keen than opportunity 
saw fit to give her frequently. Now 
she has a role that offered at first 
great youth and later a motherhood 
of IT years hence. There were 
stresses of trying consequence to 
the nerves of womanhood, there 
were fears and retribution, and there 
were moments of trickery and fal- 
setto acting, all of which tried the 
artist and furnished one of these 
roles bo full of shades and tints as 
to dazzle before the player who seeks 

Miss McComas gave her full to 
this play of love enstrain, though, 
as has been her wont of recent years, 
she was inclined to overact. In this 
direction the script of Mr. Pagan 
was a perfect help. He wrote for 
overactors. Of no recent writer does 
he remind except the earlier "Ghost 
Between" of Mr. Lawrence. 

The play is strictly artificial. The 
plot offers nothing new. It was once 
borrowed from Ibsen. Having been 
thoroughly theatricalized in Sardou 
style by Pinero et a!., and having 
escaped the moderns, we are treated 
to a vehicle that may succeed with 
a powerful oast, but because of its 
inherent tendency to hang to the 
Bernhardt -Sardou type might lose 
out on appeal to the Broadway audi- 
ence who favor Miss McComas. 

The tale in brief deals with a 
wealthy young man who lives In 
Venice with his sweetheart. Both 
are from New York. The young 

Another paper quotes him as saying there Is no hell. I wonder what 
he would call being hung up by the wrists and having his chin bandaged 
to a board* his mouth packed so he wouldn't bite his tongue off, his 
knees strapped together and the box kicked from under his feet and be 
left suspended by the wrists for 16 minutes to straighten his spine, and 
then encased in a plaster of paris cast from his neck to his heels and 
left lying on an '18-inch board without spring or a mattress for 18 
months, and if the florid imagination that created Sherlock Holmes could 
call that "Heaven," it is—like hell. 

The same paper has a headline reading "would quit If out.** That's 
all right for those union nremen to "quit if cut," but patients in hos- 
pitals are not organized. 

Jennie Henley read I wanted round wash rags because the aquare ones 
had too man? corners to drip water over me and environs, so she 
crocheted some nice circular ones embellished with lace scallops. They 
certainly were most artistic and I was not wholly to blame Cor mistaking 
them for boudoir caps. As I never wear the latter, I had them put away 
man's father opposes his marriage for| for safe keeping in a bureau drawer and didn't learn until six weeks 

later that they were wash rags and had been sent by Miss Henley, for 
the letter accompanying the gift had gone astray In the mails. 

financial reasons. The father's death 
calls the young man away before the 
proposed marriage Is consummated 
and family ties keep them apart. 
The girl is told her baby has died 
and the father that the girl's mother 
has died. Seventeen years later 
they meet in New York, with the 
girl opposing "her own daughter's 
marriage, Thers is reconcilation 
and an ending that at least draws 
sympathy and tends to the modern 
school in acting. The seventeen - 
year lapse proves a considerable 
stumbling block to the make-up of 
the cast, including Miss McComas. 

An event of the performance was 
the promising adventure of Beth 
Varden in the role of the daughter, 
a bit of acting that placed her in 
the school successfully graduating 
Miss McComas, and affording us at 
present Betty Lindley and her more 
renowned successful colleagues, the 
Tobin girls and Helen Hayes. 


MILLER'S $22,000 

Big Business in Frisco 

With New 

"Love and Kisses" gets all of its 
attractive emotions from the mu- 
sical score and the dancing. That 
should be sufficient plenty for 
most folk. These two being of a 
high standard keep the evening 
quite merrily filled. There is a 
motif song. "As I^ong as I Have 
You." and many others pleasantly 
worth-while. They avo all of the 
light and tinkling melody of the 
Al Von Tilzor mood which has long 
beeil popular. 

There are three acts and four 
■canes, some effective novefty-ooa- 
tumes, several specialties, not much 
humor, no voices, and a tale that 
starts off poorly but grows better 

The plot deals with a country girl 

who maJcaa biscuits while a rich 

man has ft blowout advantageously 
at her door. They til go to Green- 
wich Village and come back to 
prosperity in the country town. 

Tho Smith Twins as dancers, 
Helen Ford, Eddie BuxsHI, Bertee 
Beaumont and Nola St. Clair are 
outstanding figures, m the cast. 


San Francisco, June T. 

Henry Miller's season at the Co- 
lumbia topped all records last week 
with "La Tendresse," a new play 
from tho French, in which Miller, 
Blanche Bates, Ruth Chatterton and 
Bruce McRae played the principal 
roles. The scale was %': and the 
house entirely sold out for the week. 

The box office receipts were in 
excess of $22,000. 

DltriChatela at the Century climbed 
considerably at the opening of his 
second week, presenting "The Great 
Lover." He is offering a repertoire 
of successes and has a fine company 
in support. 

This week the Miller company is 
playing Oakland, with "Her Friend 
the King" the first three days and 
"La Tendressa" fof the later days. 

The third piece tried here by Mil- 
ler was "The Awful Truth." which 
a|S4 lias possibilities. A fourth 
play, written by Thompson Bu- 
chanan, may be done for the first 
time in Los Angeles. The Miller 
company is aimed for the southern 
California stands. 


Last Saturday Hay Dooley and 
Florence O'Dtnishawn left New 
York for I'orto Hlco, where they 
will spend the month. 

A nervous breakdown caused Miss 
O'Denishawn to leave tho rehears- 
ing "Follies" last wock. 

Miss Dooloy upon returning will 
be starred ii» a straight comedy. 

"Gives away money so he may die poor." reads a story of a man 
who wants to get rid of his wealth. He might try spending a few years 
in a hospital. I can assure him he will have no trouble getting rid of it. 

One of the doctors sent the elevator boy to the corner for an "Kvening 
Mail." The boy returned with another paper instead. "No," said the 
doctor. "1 want the 'Mail.' I want to read Miss Revell's column." "Does 
she write for the 'Mail'?" Inquired the elevator boy. "Good Lord, she 
even picks out a he newspaper." 

My oldest and youngest visitors were both named John. The oldest 
was John Rogers, who, according to his own statement, is eighty. The 
youngest Is young John Cort. son of Harry L. Cort and grandson and 
namesake to my old boss, John Cort. Young John was Just a week old 
when hi; father. While calling at (he hospital in which Mrs. Harry Cort 
had awaited her son's arrival, suggested that he be permitted to take the 
young nan downstairs to show him to a friend Who didn't like to come 
into a hospital, but was waiting outside in the car. The nurse carefully 
wrapped young John in a blanket and handed him to a proud but 
trembling father, who climbed into the waiting auto with instructions 
to "drive like sixty to St. Vincent's hospital." Harry presented a humor- 
ous picture as he deposited a pink bundle in my anus and said, "Here, I 
thought you might like to see your new boss." But we had to call in 
the two prettiest nurses In the hospital to teach the young father how 
to pick the boy up and hold him. Harry couldn't put his hat on or light 
a cig \ret while carrying the baby. It began to look for a moment as if 
he might regret his 'adventure until the nurses offered to help him out of 
the pending difficulties. The young man behaved very well and slept as 
soundly through it all as some first nighters I might mention. And I'm 
betting he is a good Elk and doesn't tell his ma anything paw and ho 
did on their first outing together. 

No doubt you all know Al Darling got married last week. As soon 
as Al learns Just exactly how much coffee you put In the percolator 
for coffee for two and learns how to properly set the table and learns 
what all of the spoons are for he is going to go on a still hunt for 
those senders of the following telegrams which came to him signed by 
historical characters, but Al has his "doots" about where they cume 
from: "Dear Al: I used to chop their heads off when they got fresh. 
Can't be done in your case. Any girl that would marry you has no 
head.— HENRY VII l." "Dear Al: Don't be too polite to her. Lizzie 
didn't even offer to pay to have my coat dry cleaned. — SIR WALTER 
RALEIGH." "Dear Al: Congratulations. I never toW a lie, you know, 
that is, until I was married. It's a great life, though. — GEORGE 
WASHINGTON." "Dear Al: Glad to hear the good news. Keop away 
from the Nile on your honeymoon. It ruined me. — MARC ANTHONY." 
"Dear Mrs. Darling to be: Have trained many wild animals in my day, 
so can sympathize with you.— BOSTOCK." 

Please page Carolina Nichols, the band leader. I want her address 
to tell her how much I appreciate something big and fine which she 
did for me two years ago, and I have Just learned she has never even 
been thanked for it. I can plead extenuating circumstance. I thought 
the letter had gone to her. 

Mary Moore, whom you recall as having acquired a broken neck last 
year through an automobile accident, writes me she is rapidly regaining 
her health and strength at her home in Little Neck. I suppose my re- 
cuperating period should be spent at Back Bay. 

Henry Ford is overlooking a great opportunity to get the boys out of 
the trenches in Ireland by Christmas Day. 

Why don't the perplexed European statesmen gathered In Genoa to 
solve the world's financial problem send for I'onzt? 

A New York youth who stole $250 with which to elope Is spending his 
honeymoon in jail. There may be times when love laughs at locksmiths, 
but here's where the locksmith laughs last. 

A man In Philadelphia demanded a divorce because his wife provided 
table d'fcote meals instead of a la carte service. It looks as if the 
liberty bell isn't the only thing in the Quaker City that is cracked. 

A Pennsylvania judge refused to divorce a couple married 24 years 
because the wife wore a hair "switch." He probably decided one switch 
wax enough. 

My guest book for the past month Includes: Mrs. Fred Thompson, 
Mrs. Reed Albee, Mrs. Irwin Connelly, Mr and Mrs. Fred Bowers, Mr. 
and Mrs. Chus. Bray, Clara Ruhl, Bonnlo Gaylord, Sadie Kussell, Edward 
Oakfoid, Ma*. Judge Weeks, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Beach, FYttzl Sc.heff, John 
Tennant, Gus Klumacke, Mr. and Mrs. Will Crexsy, Monica Russell. M*r. 
and Mrs. Jas. Morton, Mrs. W. H. Donaldson. Mr. Wm. Grossman, 
Hamilton Re voile. Harry and Herman Weber, Mr. and Mrs. Babe Ruth. 
Sally McDougal, Amanda Heudrix, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stewart. Rosalie 
Stewart and her parents, who still answer to the name of Muukenfuas, 
Jean Archibald, Katie Booney. Nellie V. Nichols, Edwin Barry, Ina 
Claire, mother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Chesterfield, Phil 
Benedict, Mrs. Fnrber and daughters, Flo Irwin, Edward Darling, Nora 
Buyes, Mrs. Walter Snnford, Mrs. Alice Oppo, Thos. J. Ryan, Emma 
(Jams, Walter Leopold, Jcnle Jacobs, Pauline Cook, John Pollock, Frank 
Evans. Yvonne Maddock, Laura Bennett, Dorothy Dahl. Mr. and Mrs. 
Larry Jacobs, Wm. B. Sleeper, Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Dei tin h, B. S. Moss, 
Biigadler General Mullaly, George Goodwin, Mathew White, Jr., Carolyn 
Lcwry, Thos. Gorman, Mr. and Mis. Ii-aac Steinfeld, Wm. Stuart, Harry 
L Cort and son, Mrs. J. J. Mm dock, Mr. and Mrs. Barney Davis, Chaa. 
as I Sadie McDonald, Zoo Berkley, lv E Hart. J. C. Niles, Mrs. Lucretla 
*aV tnuoy and several others who did not «dsn the hnok 



. , , . 

TA&ay; Juttfc fr, 192$ 


" Figures estimated and comment point to tome attractions being 
successful, while the same gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance 7a explained 1 in the* difference in 
house capacities, with the varying overhead. Also the size of show 
cast, with consequent difference, in necessary gross for a profit. 
Variance in business necessary jf or musical attraction as against 
dramatic play is alsc to be considered. • , I.H * 

These matters are included ami considered when comment below 
.points toward success or failure*. ,■■«.. .« 

"Abie's Irish Rose," Fulton (3d 

week). First two weeks proved' 

, only fair, with gross not up to 

advance expectations. Liberal 

lulling being done. Ferond week's 
•takings quoted at around $6,500. 

"Blossom Time," Ambassador (37th; 

week). Fair chance for operetta 

1o last ''into next month. Since' 

downward revision of salaries for 

summer continuance business has 

been around ' $10,500. which is( 

profitable. Last, week i\ dropped' 
to a lijttle under $^,500. . 

"Bronx Express/' Astor (7th week). 
May , stay another two ■ weeks. 
Show was adapted from, the -Yid- 

dish, Its title and reputation may 
make, it better for road than. 
Broadway. "Spice of IftiMV a ro- 
vue, listed to succeed June 26. 

^Captain Applejack," Corf (24rh 
"Week). One of Sam H. Harris* 
trie still in running. "'Applejack'* 
1s English adaptation; 'has been 
pulling one of smartest audiences 
in town and has been' wrth rton- 
musicnl money leaders since pre- 
miere. Dipped to $12,000; still 

1 counted big. 

"Cat and Canary,f National (I8t*h 
week). Mystery play that figures 
to run. into next season. Has been 
affected by general decline at fag- 
; end of season. Led the dramatic 
list at start. Last week* about 
$10,5t>0. Should run into next 

"Chauve-Souris," Century Roof 
(19th week). The Balieff. "Bat 
theatre of Moscow" organization 
moved here by Morris (Jest Mon- 
day. Roof house especially made 
over for attnaction and new bilj 
presented. Attraction has been 
outstanding novelty success of 

. season. Aimed for all summer. 

"Drums of Jeopardy;" Gaiety. A 

• mystery play that failed. Opened 
last week, drew panning, no bust* 

• ness and closed Saturday*. One 
week. House dark.- 

"Fanny Hawthorn,* "Vandernllt (5<o 
week). Final week '.'for' this r*e± 
vival, originally called "Hihde 
"Wakes." House goes dark. 

*Follies," New 'Amsterdam (1st 
week). F. Ziegfeld's "Fol- 
lies"; opened "cold" for first 1 time*. 
Show biggest attempt of series, 
producvr ' aiminsir for longer stay 
on- Broadway than heretofore. *|4 
top. $10 opening. ! • ' 

"First Year," Little (85th week).. 
Takings over $6,000 last week; 
netted profit for house 'and show. 
Comedy run leafier may pool and 
try for second summer continu- 
ance, although las( tvyo weeks 
were advertised. ' r 

"Good Morning. Dearie," Globe (32d 
week). Easing off in business one 
.M.i son for revision downward of 
admission scale; top now is $4 
and balcony front $3.50. Last 
week's gross better than $24,000. 
. Show will try all summer. 

"He Who Gets Slapped," Garrick 
(22d week). Theatre Guild giving 

• several performances this week of 
"Mom to Midnight," h special' 
production, with "He" being of- 
fered on 'other daVs. 

.'"Heads I Win," Earl 
have opened here 
miere.put over until Friday, her 
called off "when, management of 
hoyse and shpw backers disagreed 
ov<-r postponement ,',< .,. , 

"Kempy," Belmont (4th week). 
Corking comedy . brought Jrj. on 

• • eve of summer, , Business has 
drawn excellently from start n<nd 
•lines up' as Belmont's first hit of- 
fering. Last week with extra 
matinee (Decoration Day) gross 
went to $y,100— new house record. 

"Kiki,** Belasco (28th week). For 
Belasco-Ulyc dramatic smash ca- 
pacity was claimed for Tuesday 
night (Decoration Day), the worst 
on Broadway in years. It con- 
tinues the best call in agencies 
with over $16,000 right along. 

"Lawful . Larceny," Republic <23d 
week). Will try running through 
the month. Classes as one of the 
dramatic successes of season. 
Changes in cast on account .of 
salary cutting; new players went 
In Monday. 

"Make It Snappy," Winter Garden 
(9th week). One matinee cut, to 
relieve hard work of star (Eddie 
Cantor). Business little under 
$20,000, satisfactory for early 

"Music Box Revue," Music Box 
(2*th week). Extra performance 
last week; gross around $28,000; 
attendance not Capacity* early 
days but takings best h\ toWn. 
Balcony scale revised, with $3.50 
now top. Lower floor remains $4. 

"Partner* Again/' Selwyn ((Ith 
week). I'erhaps only attraction 
to^use hotyday ^calq, *$3 3Q,,.s#./Tle 
Mi Saturday) tor Decoration Day 


Walnut Street Taking "Romance of 
M Youth" on Summer Trial 

Carroll. Tp 
>re Tuesday; pre 
until Friday, the] 

performances, gross on., the day 
$4,600. That established a new 
high gross for show, takings go- 
ing over $18,800. 

"Pinch Hitter," Henry Miller (2d 

week). English play called 'Other 

Corespondont" there, presented by 

Allan Pollock; opened Thursday 

' night last week. Godd property 

• though casting not to best pur- 
poses.. • 

"Red.-. Pepper," .«;hube,rt (2d. week). 
Mclntyre and Heath show, out all 
season. . was brought; in as sum- 
mer filler that house could be kept 
open. Opening week's, .gross 
nearly $10,000. . ... 

"Rose of Stamboul," Century (14th 

• week). Some- talk of this big 
$2.&t»>show moving downtown for 
summer try at 44th Street. Re- 

: ported under $12,000; 'question if 
that is even break .here. 

"Rubicon," .Hudson* (i7th week). 
Change In cast, Violet Homing 
replaced by Kstelle \Vinwood for 
final weeks of run. Another week 
or two to gq. Around $6,000 no.w. 

"6huffle Along," €3d Street (55th 
week). Business holding up so 
well management is claiming 
continuance well into second year. 
Cut rates account for fresh popu- 
larity, but if show sticks will 
prdlfribly eliminate bargain tickets 

• in fall. 

"Six Cylinder Love," Sam Harris 
(42d Week). This week equals 

, "Tangerines" run record this 
season. "Love" going week to 
week; takings last week Jumped, 
for a gross of over $7,300. 

"The Bat," Moroyo (94th week) 
Has 10 weeks to go to achieve 
solid two-year run which Was de- 
cided on. Broadway's run leader 
with the aid of extra matinee 
moved upward last week for gross 
of $6,300. i 

"The Blushing Bride," 44th Street 
i(18tb week). -Another week will 
let this musical show out for sea- 
son^i Was to have gone to Chi- 

• oago, but leads refused, summer 
booking away from New York 
Between $7,500 and $8,000., 

"The Charlatan," Times Sqtiare (7th 
week). Two for one ticket plan 
now being used.' Mystery stiiow 
cntne late and could not better' fair 
gross of first weeks. Has been 
sliding, but will try to toot into 
•July, house and show pooling. 
Around' $4,000. • i ' 

"The, Dover ' ,Road," Bijou (25th 
week). Probably will stick until 
the' e,nd of the month. Business 

„ around' f'a.OOO. wi(h shd\v hooked 
up to "operate on moderate busi- 
ness. • 

"The, Goldfish," Maxine Elliott (7th 
week). One of the few offerings 
below 42d street. All other houses 
except, National and Empire daj.k. 

. "Goldfish", probably turned little 
profit last week, though gross un- 
;der $6,500. .,. . 

"The Hairy Ape," Plymouth (8th 

<Week>. 'On .'•'•worst'** Tuesday 

O'Neil drama/ got four figures. 

Standing <up much better than most 

of Others, Totals about $1,000 un- 

• dor previous week; i gross around 
$8,500, which is considered very 
feoofl-. ., 

"the Nest," 48th St: (19th week). 
Final week fbr Brady drama*. Some 

' crifies list if a's one Of the best 
plays of .the season, Business* has 
only been' fair and of late has 
dropped off markedly, like the 

"The Perfect Fool,? 
we*k). . Figures to 
other three weeks, 
36 weeks aimed for. 
week about $9,400. 
picture .early in July. 

"The Rotters,"' 39th St. Was. taken 
off last Saturday. Stayed two 

• weeks, the salary period arranged 
as minimum with players. Busi- 
ness last week under $1,500. 

'To the Ladies," Liberty (ICth 
week). Final week; decision to 
close comedy which' .started off 
briskly made Tuesday' after Weak 
Monday night. Business lately be- 
tween $6,ouo and'$7,ooo. House 
goes dark. • 

"Up the Ladder," Playhouse (11th 
week). A bout, ready to .depart 
with many others which have, been 
running on werk-to-wook basis. 
J 'est of many productions tried in 
this: house since last J»uly. 

"Truth About Blayds," Booth (13th 
week). One more week for this 
Milne play, which has done rather 

. Philadelphia, June T. 

After numerous rumors and 
changing of; V) I nils', ,the .Wajnu,t 
Street., is, definitely announcing,, a 
successor to ",Letty , Pejpper,':' : which 
ends Saturday, ». 

Tho newcomer will be* Wallace 
Munro's "Romance of 'Youth,** writ- 
ten by Myron Pagan, which is play- 
ing Atlantic City. The cast con- 
tains Carol McComas and Ethel 

Opening Juno 12, "The Romance 
of Youth" has no limit announced to 
its engagement, which may extend 
three or tour' weeks. Much depends 
on the 'success ,of this "play whether 
or not the house goes out after, a 
summer running. 

"'Xetty Pepper" has been so suc- 
cessful that -the "Walnut manage- 
ment is hopeful of setting a prece- 
dent: here' by swiYnm*fng through the 
summer napnths. Little more than 
a, break-even is, asked. The over- 
head will be small ..for this house, 
which can save on juice and a few 
minor expenses. 

It is no 'secret the management 
would like to get a corking good 
musical show for July and early 
A.ugust, ' The nearest approach to*" 
summer going in recent years was 
"Mary," which came close to mak- 
ing the grade, although, playing a 
return engagement. ' 

The big problem is th4 week ends, 
when all Philadelphia seems to go 
to j Atlantic . City ' and the Jersey 
resorts., . In.. this respect Phi}ly. is 
unique among the big eastern .cities. 
Hotels here, 1 even during the vaca*- 
tlon Season, are nearly empty at 
week ends. With some inducement 
tp get the crowds Friday and Sat- 
urday night, it is figured the Walnut 
could very nicely slide through the 
dog days. 

"Letty," which has had a number 
of changes in cast recently, again 
hovered* around $10,000, though not 
quite achieving it. With the spell 
of bad weather and l)ot wave 
bined, this was excellent. 



"Hotel Mouse" Walks Into Immed iate ' ■ Favor^ 
"Anna Christie" Can't. Get Chicagoans Goings 
No Weathei Interference as Yet ' 



'8ally w and "Tavern" 
ninjd in Legit Houses' 

Cohan (33d 
continue an- 
with run .of 
Business lust 
House to get 

^Boston, June 7* 

True td the' ' prediction of last 
week, Boston this week .has bu| 
two legitimate attractions playing 
here, and. both majking good.jnoney 
at -the present time. VThie Tavern',' 
is still art the Tremont, where, it 
Will' probably remain until the ert(|l 
of the month "kt least,* artd "Sal'lyy 
is. at. (he. Colonial. 

•^The Last Waiu" at t(i^ [Wilbur', 
"Ladies' . Night" at the.- riymuuth. 
and ''Smooth as.. Silk" at. the Self 
wyn, all closed Saturday. . ■ 

At' preserit '"Sally" looks good fet 
about .three ,mdre * vleeks. It : is 
doubtful if the local time ' will be 
stretched .heyond'tliis period. Last 
week, for the first time, signs of 
lagging interest appeared and at 
the eight performances $31,700 was 
grossed. This is about 2,000 ibelow 
the figure prevailing in the several 
weeks the show, has stayed here, j 

In the case of "The Tavern," while 
business i was off last week with ft 
total of $14,000 fbr 'nine perform^- 
ances, an ! extra" ma'tinee being 
staged on ', ilembr'ial '• Day, It can 
run out this mdn(h without' serious 
effect. Even at' ,$11.0001 this show 
wHl make money. Then Cohan will 
get busy on his musical show and 
proba*bly will have the town clear 
( for his opening and will Ipncodnter 
no serious, opposition,', un'ti'l Labor 
Day, fct. which time he , will, t>e 
a' out ready to turn the house,over 
to »S»avage for his annual, produc- 
tion, n sort of tradition at the Tre- 

Chicago, June 7., 

Short-lived was the "flash" of 
"Liliom's" strength. 

Great .1? tjie , p.Urpri^e nt ."Anna 
Christie's" inability to excite a pub- 
lic to celebrate' with pa'tronage" be-* 
cause it carries the prize play 
medal, being (awarded -.same' while in 
our midst. ......... 

Pleasant indeed : is, it jt,o objServe 
Frances White ; wirming bael^ a,. pub- 
lic that she first heartily captured 
with her singing b'f "The FIoNver 
Garden Ball" dt the La Salle theatre 
during "The Candy Shop" days, long 
before Broadway knew of her, but 
later lost because she became ap- 
parently indifferent 

Tremendous is the effort to y*rin*k 
the "Hollywood FoHies" out of dire 
straits because of a premature .pre- 

"Aces" has been the weather con- 
dition for show business, causing 
those who knO\v the heat of 1 the Loop 
theatres to wonder what's- going to 
happen to shows not gaining head-, 
way under chilly atmospheric con- 
ditions when the mercury races up- 
ward. (And as this was being writ- 
ten there were good 'indications that 
old Sol was preparing- to •positively 
chloroform the zephyrs which have 
been making backward, the. straw 
hat parade.) 

The above five paragraphs are a 
gist-peep for the fellow who takes 
his Loop theatricals on the run. 

For those who are lingering, hftft- 
com- i a b outs happenings are popping up 
with such rapidity that more than 
gists are necessary to explain the 
surprising manner in which the sea-! 
son Is holding up. Weather is pri- 
marily responsible for Chicago's 
theatrical activities. There's been 
ho such ( . animal as 'da/magimj 
weather for. show business,' For A 
moment on.Memoriai pay jjt Iqokeu 
a- though Old .Soli was goi^ng . td 
knock the lid off, but Wednesday 
came, and ; with it the.icoMest 
weather'of the ; entire spring: NeXt 
week's estimates are *apt to' 'include 




the effects or warm 


» t * 

agerial Judgment and insisted th* 
presentation be Kept out of town un, 
til it was*ready. librrissey can suc- 
cessfully put on a 'show of the sort 
tha^the- Playhouse's attraction will 
turn out to hot provided the bank- 
roll la«!b,^but no.bunria.n being can 
overcome the obstacles that, short- 
ness of 'time fbr an opening date 
affords emphatically so m thiw case, 
so why did 'they expect- it eft Mor- 
rissey 7 Everybody was . sooting 
hard. for a. success, a^nd the eritics 
joined (he prevailing atmosphere, 
'sb perhaps the wbpk how going on 
will*bring the Playhouse- 'the* sum- 
mer, show that will make money for 
all. , 

i "MnUy Parling" isn't , set, in ,. 
tackle the hot weather plus the di- 
vision' of business that the coming 
of "Irene** and "For Goojjness^ Sake" 
is bound to make. Some big idea 
has to be added to the Fahiee at- 
traction, and what this idea can be 
or where it will ,be .functioned is 
what' confronts Jake Rosenthal 
Jake hHs ' received several unex- 
pected bad breaks, but the shrewd 
showman that he is will do more 
f to better, the show's average the » 
anyth/ng else thjst has, been advised. 
"Just Married" ran wild with the 
extra performance, making 10 for 
the week. It's doubtful- if the 
owners expected this splendid busi- 
ness in considering the Chicago en- 
gagement. Profitable business was 
naturally 'e'xpeeted via' the' sensible 
manner* in whwh the attfaetton is 
organized, ( but . .the . present., huge 
profits proves what Chicago will do 
for a show that is liked Irrespective 
of the time of season;. "Lilies of 
the Field" now has an office com- 
panion in- 'For 'Goodness sake'' at 
the Garrick, for horn These* shows 
ar£ o<vned by the' Broadway Pro- 
ductions, lAc. .(Geo. t 'telleri^ full 
Gorman), and; every"pros^ect .'indi- 
cates the. month,, of ,J,un* will be 
-very, good to -both. . 4 ,.',,,. 

."Irene" came back Monday 'to say 
•a proper 'good-bye; and !f it ran 
sthy three weeks the owners will 

well. Business around $. r »,000 e»r 
bit bett« r. 

"Silver Wings," Apollo (4th week). 
Doing very little. Heavy loss on 
exploitation showing figured to be 
balanced when picture is released. 

"Nero," Lyric (3d week). Last week 

average takings reported $600' 

daily, or about $5,000. on week. 

,|iajdiX«tbUfa i ,Qf wliat w,aa espect- 

cd following cxeclknl notlceu. 


.... . . Chicago, June 7.. 

The . Apollo will return to the 
Woods management Aug. 15. The 
Shuherts Will relinquish all present 
.holdings in the managerial direction 
of the Apollo, is believed that 
"The Hotel. Mouse" will. .be the last 
show at this 'house under the Shu- 
berts' house mana*g«-ment. 

The Apollo will come under the 
full rharge of the *\Voo*ls offices, 
with <:Lou Housema.n dir<<ting its 
destinies, In addition, to- the mannge- 
ment of the Woods theatre. 

This situation is going to make 
gucssWdrk ^sJtjO whe're the Shuberta 
intcml to. play their Vautl^vjille in 
the IoqsI fiedd next, season i Kight 
now there are reasons to believe then 
Garrick will p"lay the- vaudeville, 
but matters are so complicated the 
dcflhite'eelectibn is not 'yet Yeporttd. 

it is observed' ji*ist wnat'hot'weath^ 
w . in 4ft ,«V) certain, ^h'o.wslopp..;. the* 
atrjcals. will continu*., to, . bounce 
along, at mw^e than. a normal condi- 
tion fop this- time of the year. I 

"LtlJom's" moving"* -to the Great 
Northern won't help to stop tfie 
skjdding^ Theatre Guild pj-esjqntation. 
unfortunately enpountere,d . when 
"For. Goodness Sake" took away the 
Garrick,. Switching v *iouses is- gen- 
erally costly. It will v be a good guess 
to' say three" weeks more will 'have 
"Liliom" ou.Jj, of town,., mtich r'e^ 
gretted by those who .class it 'with 
"Anna, Chri-stie,". viewed from, dra- 
matic, study... w I r. •. M 

Ju*St why the Chicago- public don't 
make more of •« fdss abbut "Ahna 
Christie" with all the country-wide 
altentipn this, O'Neil' prize.. play "is 
receiving is one of those affairs that, 
•can't be explained .when a com- 
munity deserves to "hold high its 
dramatic • appreciation;* It<s either 
proving' that ( the public.; takes hb 
notice, of the splendid, tribute^ paid 
the, presentation by the loeaj.critiics 


' has , 

or else with the late spring 
thoughts of a musical play 
"The ; Hotel Mouse," "Which 
fecored 'heavily. ; " 

Francos White made the opening 
at the Ajk>11o for "The Hotel MoUS«^ 
what it gloriously turned out to be 
— namely* the starting of a solid 
eight weeks' run, if not longer. 
Frances was on her good behavior 
and entertained the first-nighters 
so well that it is doubtful if critics 
anywhere ever paid the young lady 
the compliments t)^e local papers 
carried for her. Its not known just 
how New Yorkers viewed this musi- 
cal piece, which hrts Taylor Holrri< s 
as a co-star, but Chicago' likes it, 
and as the first week's business ter- 
minated the advance siiie for future 
performances indicate the weather 
is going to- have a hard time catch- 
ing "The Hotel Mouse" in any kind 
of a heat trap: 

Will 'klorrisscy can't be blamed 
for the poor start oj the "Holly- 
wood Follies" at the 1'layhouse. 
When Will was working the way 
^he did producing the shew somc,- 
15ody shduid ,< liave' cxcctl.ed man- 

most, interesting reading .will corns 
from. the oritic, -if tihere- happens. to 
be one, who. saw "ttarr'iKon -And the 
Girls'Mn "New York unilter the title 
of I'Madelelrte' and' the" Wo vies." 
This situation is, very" douoltul, for 
the phicagQ.c'rUjcs have ^tep, kept 
b.u >}>'.. w,ith, no chance, for. -New York 
•trips, .so.. Bri^unte. show, wiijl probably 
be ne viewed on. its merit and not by 
comparison.- . This gives the new 
CMiau> Grand show its beet change. 

With the way the'Chicagd situa* 
tfon now holds, there'll hVive'to bs 
wholesale, June closings, or [ejse ths 
old aiid new reason .will be, so 
hitched together .with, attractions 
taat the. first nighter;< for the -first 
time in years here, Willnor be aT« 
forded ah opportunity td ascertain 
JdJ-t 'when his ■vacation can be 
starled. , _ .. '/ ^. '" t \ ., 

...Last peek's estimates; ', 7 

"Lighrtnin:" (Ulaokstonc, * 89th 
vvjjek).r 7 -First changes Ui east 
brought, usual. .interest. No further 
speculation needed/ since l<wsrd ii 
out even year's run will 1 be com- 
bined' If Frank Bacon's idea of va- 
cation ! can be altered. Reported at 

MWp; ' ,. v ' 

"Anna Christie" (Cort, 8th we. k). 
— M.ay be hood(»o for play > to re- 
ceive prize medal. If house and 
company are satisfied with $X,1!00, 
no chance for new show until 
Aug. 20. 

/"The. Hotel Mouse" (Apolk), 1st 
week).— Panto* in quietly and 

.landed. "rifrtlTT Cut into everything 
in towm Night before holiduy 
opening. helped trade to seach $2.tf0Q 
for get-aw^y. I'rancfs 'White's 
sertbuWneHa with her |.w'n t.-.lent 
won ' her compliments of ultai sti- 
pciia.tivt^ from critics. ThbroUlfh- 
ly liked pu^entation, holding co- 
star interest with Taylor Holms* 
Without Sunday, tallied $MM'i». 

"Hollywood Follies" (Playhouse. 
1st week).— Critics ann* bfg hirny of 
Well-wishers "broke th«jr hccki" 
endeavoring to s« ml this « m < '' <n 
right foot. When the ODt-nifM 
Ktand.tryout was m.idr at Btoo|H - 
ington, owners should have k« i ' ott 
' M (Conr?mir^ o*n fage 2t) 



Washington. D. C ., June 7. 
This week I'm playing vaudeville — first time in seven years. 
This week the "Follies" opened— and ringing in my ears 
Are the applause and the excitement that thrills those opening eights 
And makes the Ziegfeld "Follies" the greatest of theatrical flights. 
I've been with the "Follies" so long that tonight I'm kinda blue. 
Thinking of all the fun I've had, and now alt the fun is through. 
I can hear Flo say, in his drawly way: "Now. Fanny, listen here. 
You belter get some good songs or you'll be a flop this year." 
And Urban with his accent — giving the lighting cue — 
And saying, "Flo, a little tnore blue. Just a little more blue." 
And nervous Billy Sehrode — back stage how he does shine. 
Sniffling about, shouting the shout that keeps the girls in line— 
And Gene Buck calling Bring on the gals." and Stamper, quiet Dave, 
Sitting around and sitting around, so musical and grave. 
And Hosenbaum. our manager, with his bobbing beard aglow, 
Talking with his cane and saying. Who is running this show"? 
And little Itosie Bosenbauha, always digging up a game — \ 
And my sweet ola pal. Ned Wayburn, with his great* big frame 
W»ftpp O< m his old grey sweater, shouting out to all: 
"Better do that number better, girls, or you'll get an early c ill." 
And looking back there's liitehy — always sf> quiet and neat — 
His welcome somehow was different fiorn anyone's that you'd meet. 
And LH Lorraine — her dressing room always next to mine — 
The laughs we've had together! Oh. you auld Ian- syne — 
And YV C. Fields, sneaking in with a. brace, every night, 
And Eddie Cantor with his hula hull eyes and suggestion::, so brilliant 

and bright. 
And little crying Penny, practicing constantly, 

And every time we'd all go out she'd say ' Hvet yum \s looking at me." 
And little Bay Dooley, always alone, away fiorn all the huruh;. 
How I miss tint prize fight — nobody now to punch. 
And Van and Schenck, the haimony kids, sending notes between each 

Maybe Gus won't understand, but Joe knows what I mean. 
And pretty Mary Katon, with her sunny smile and pout. 
Always .fresh M a daisy when everyone else was worn out. 
Jessie Heed, with her Knglish accent, and Bva Brady. Willi her Irish wit, 
And Dolores, always' talking clothes, saying Girlie, that don't fit." 
Do you wonder why I'm lonesome, even tho* I know 
In the fall I'm going .out with another show? 
1 don't know who'll be with me, tho* Flo is managing me. 
But If he'd put this bunch together what a great show it would be. 


Nothing unusual about the cur- 
rent Palace show. Just an average 
big time arrangement — eight acts, 
mostly familiars. While the show 
held entertainment that sufficed, it 
played In a cut and dried sort of 
way. Monday night was rather 
sultry for early June, but the 
weather didn't hurt the attendance 
any. The regulars filled the down- 
stairs section earlier than usual, it 
seemed. By 8:30 -no gaps were 
visible, and the rear of the orches- 
tra held the customary standees. 

Both Pat Hooncy and Marion 
Bent with their tab, "Hings of 
Smoke," and Francis X. Bushman 
and Beverly Bayno probably had 
considerable to do with any draw 
responsible for filling the house. 
Bushman and- Bayno closed . the 
first half with "Poor Rich Man." a 
satirical comedy playlet by Edwin 
Burke. It's an ideal vehicle for the 
picture players, taxing neither as 
to acting, and giving both an op- 
portunity to shine. Mr. Bushman's 
voice wasn't overstrong. several of 
his speeches being difficult to catch 
in the middle of the house. His 
performance was otherwise smooth 
and intelligent and marked with o 
repose that lifted it out of the class 
of oral acting that has featured the 
work of so many picture stars wnen 
they leave their native element of 
the studio Cor the speaking stage- 
Miss Bayne is gifted with splendid 
diction that meets the best stand- 
ards of tho spoken drama The act 
landed for a solid count, tho couple 
being recced for a speech 

Hooney and Bent closed the show. 
The only other member of the 
original cast of "Hings of Smoke" is 
Maude Drury, who plays the Irish 
K'rl. a pretty blond*, whose per- 
formance was marked with ability 
and who assisted materially in 
building up the comedy In the Irish 
scene. Ted and Kathryii Andrews 
are the new dancing team, and all 
°f their doubles rang tho bell 
Kooriey whanged '.cm for a row of 
°[»era houses with his wall r 
c J°88ing, ju usual. Funny thing 
about that Boonoy Hogging. Hun- 
"reels of acts do it in vaudeville, 
out Kooney endows it with such a 
™ rr e of personality his name has 
Jeconie synonymous with it. The 
d winging also hung up » 


Per cent, for Boonoy Tho 

• ■ tv..*., IUI i. ' 'II V III 

nouse held it tolf Intact until nearly 
joe Anton, tnd then a number of 


rear rows started to walk 

Roonoy'n oricore speech held moat 
ot the others. II incus I trot hers, 
jrogrammed for closing, didn't »,» 
jw. That hilling seemed to hold 
* m of kidding. It cotttd just as 

wen h, V e been Ho. us olheis, if 
onieny wv . UtU(Mi ,, ,,-»,. , he ,,, , 

ln Jt wasn't, 

I'ro-odirig, Harry Fok tnd Bet 

rn ? Ct,r,u entertained with i glib 

"Hitine of polite nonsense that kept 

J g«g«les bubbling Mr Foxln- 

cru 'd .i Uuch of hum m 

here and there that was very en- 
joyable — the stuff about "dunking" 
cake in coffee, for instance, met a 
ready res. onse from the dunkers" 
out front, and there appeared to 
be a bunch ot them. Miss Curtis 
has developed remarkably since "her 
entry in vaudeville. This is espe- 
cially noticeable in her reading of 

But h Budd opened the second 
half and held the house breathless 
with her daring aerial work. ' Her 
gymnastics on the rings and rope 
place her in the top rank of aerial- 
ists The singing and instrumental 
stuff leading up to the gymnastics 
means nothing, but serves as a good 
contrast for the meat of the act. 
Miss Budd was recalled for a bit 
of oratory. She scored a legitimate 

Another wow was that of Dolly 
Kay in the first half. Miss Kay 
reeled off four or five numbers, each 
characterized neatly and with ft 
genuine touch of jazz. She could 
have done a couple of additional 
numbers, but wisely left them 
wanting more. 

Officer Vokes and Don were sec- 
ond, and caught a fairly well settled 
audience. Officer Vokes is doing 
considerable monologing. His ma- 
terial is entertaining and well han- 
dled. ' Don." the intoxicated canine, 
brought back memories of Barnold's 
inebriated dog at Hammcrstein's 
several years ago, but "Don" lost 
nothing by comparison with his 
predecessor, landing a comedy hit. 

William ind Joe Mandel, third, 
gave tho show a comedy push for- 
ward that held up the first part 
beautifully. The falls pulled their 
regulation laugh returns and the 
legitimate tumbling at the finish 
was accorded deserved appreciation, 
Horn and Inez, a double skating 
turn, featuring a swivel neck spin, 
opened, and wont over unusually 
for the initial spot tlcll. 

out Of so many musical productions 
she is probably the best known sing- 
ing ingenue in musical comedy. If 
nothing else made her name familiar 
tho waltz song from "Maytime" did. 
The folks out front recognized that. 
Miss Wood concluding her routine 
with it in an ante-bellum number. 
Miss Wood radiates personality, 
wholesome looks that get over. It's 
a neat, sweet, thought not complete, 
little act. What there is of it is 
all right— only there isn't sufficient 
to held it up worthy of topping a 
Biverside bill. A couple of the sup- 
porting turns eclipsed Miss Wood's 
offering on volume returns. It is 
classy, but not sassy enough to de- 
mand and command slathers of 
proletarian approbation. Harold 
Bevy and Zelda Sears, that veteran 
actress -authoress, composed and 
wrote the offering. The same team 
were responsible for the score and 
libretto of "Lady Billy" (Mitzi's 
show of two seasons back). 

Immediately preceding Miss Wood, 
"Blackface" Eddie Boss spieled his 
chatter and strummed his African 
harp for the getaway to whopping 
returns. Moss struck an exceeding- 
ly responsive chord Monday night, 
clicking sweetly on all six. 

Another highlight was Flsa By an 
with her comedy sketch, "Beg— For 
Short/' assisted by Hdmund Serag- 
hsrrt. A successful two-people com- 
edy skit is a novelty in itself, al- 
though more often a fizzle as far as 
tension *nd plot development are 
concerned. The tension and tempo 
here command attention throughout. 
The plot itself is quite thin and 
obvious, but Miss Hyatt's individual 
work carries it across. Beg has 
fainted across the doorslep of an 
author-woman hater. He must 
ncccssorily administer first aid, but 
after that he becomes almost antag- 
onist' • in his attitude towards her. 
When be plants his particular anti- 
pathy against a persistent sob sister 
of the Daily News" who has been 
trying to secure an Interview w»tlt 
him for many days, one knows Beg 
is the p. s. s. Dion Ttlheradge wrote 
the skit produced by Joseph Hart 
(Attractions). The piece winds up 
with a proposal. Peg chatting chum- 
mily as is her inherent wont, as the 
curtain drops slowly At least it 
tried to but didn't. Her ad fibbing, 
and the pseudo-intrusion of a hasty 
stagehand who seemingly knocked 
over a backed-up fly disclosing him- 
self, suggest it's a frame. If it isn't 
it should be. for it extended a, prob- 
able; four-curtain acknowledgement 
to twice that many. 

Valda started the show ariapplty 
with a fast terp routine. Dynn 
I Junto assists at the piano. Crafts 
and Haley twiced with songs and 
patter. They are neat appearing 
youngsters, which is a decided as- 
set, cross -gagging on "Wimmin," a 
seemingly natural and fitting topic 
to them, and mixing it up with 
songs, pop and restricted. Some of 
the -specially wr.itten patter was 
clever and appropriately appreciated. 

The Four Headings proved their 
claim to a spot in No. 3 in more than 
fair measure. Looking immaculate 
in duck trunks and gym shirts they 
uncorked a striking routine of 
human puppet juggling. They inter- 
change as top mounters and under - 
standers in the throws and lifts, 
catapulting one another through 
space to flashy-looking hand to hand 
catches. The slide down the incline 
to a hand catch was sensational for 
applause returns. 

Gertrude Moody and Mary Duncan 
(New Acts) reopened after Inter- 
mission. As usual, Juliiis Dehzbcrg 
and orchestra made the stretch 
period a spot with his Instrumental 

Business about half capacity. 
House dressing could not camouflage 
the population sparsity. Abel. 


To Chick Vorke Mid Hose King 
fell that unusual distinction of stop- 
ping tho show in the closing posi- 
tion.' necessitating | termination of 
tho news reel after it flickered vain- 
ly for about three minutes against 
m\ insistent applutsc barnge The 
hand-to-hand music avaDnohod lU 
opposition; the lights went up. the 
news -reel Stopped, and Vorke tnd 
King acknowledged the plaudits 
graciously md gracefully. The 

COUpfe personates "old ftinily tin- 
type" eharieleis. stepping out of 
» mammoth family itbum In gfO 
t esq tie hick get* up*. To aee ifio 

severe -looking Hose King bin k nnl 

wing it insufficient of I roati is| t<> 
piovoke ninth front inybody. 

Peggy Wood, billed the M mdc 
Adams of'inusioal comedy." la <<>P 
ping (he eight- »t I bill Assisted bv 
her Tour Buddies (mile quartet) 
tnd It uotd Levy at the baby tfi »nd. 
they : were spotted prccedipg the 
siesta. Miss Wood Iia* boon in and 


A most unsatisfactory pop frame- 
up tho final half. It is "fairly 
swamped in talk and had only one- 
clean-cut specialty which, by the 
way. made the hit of the perform- 
ance Tuesday night, Joe Hoberte, 
straight banjo player. Everybody 
elso talked and talked and talked 
If a second-class pantomimist had 
only walked on and made faces it 
would have been a relief as long as 
ho didn't engage in conversation. It 
was a sweltering night. 

Hvcn down about relatively would 
have been How K in a theatre of 
small proportions you couldn't get 
the drift of the chatter. To make 
it worse everybody who couldn't 
hear was asking his girl or her 
beau: "What did be say?" and that 
didn't make it any better. 

There was only one turn in which 
there was any dancing and that was 
at the finale in "At the Party." Then 
it was too lato to get any speed into 
the show. That made it worse, and 
tltogelher it was a wearisome even- 
ing. Business was surprisingly 
good. One would have looked foi an 
empty house, considering the 
weather, but it was bettor lb an half 
occupied. The picture selection was 
high -class, abundant, and well 
varied, infinitely belter selected 
than the vaudeville. 

Hiigo tnd Hdse. comedy acrobats 
(New Acts! opened the show Hvcn 
they t ilked incessantly. Stephens 
tnd Brunclle. I splendid singing 
turn, No t, in «dc something Of a 
stir principally on the woman's ex- 
cellent soprino voice and stunning 
costumes. They held to their song 
routine consistently, ind taike'd 'very 
little or not at all. Maybe It's the 
amber spot she uses or the yellow 
crinoline Jross she wears, but some- 

thing la amiss, for the fine impres- 
sion she made on her entrance was 
injured by a changed appearance. 
The numbers are musical and sooth- 
ing, and they have a splendid melod- 
ious novelty for tho finish. Miss 
Brunelle singing "Mmo. Butterfly" 
straight, while her man partner 
sings a particularly syncopated song 
that seems to merge harmoniously 
into the operatic score. It was a 
decided novelty and won them a fair 

Joe Boberts walks on cold and, 
after tuning up his trained 'banjo, 
plunges jnlo a tenacious rendition ot 
Poet and Peasant" from itsjintro- 
ductory flourishes to its bitter end. 
May be it was "William Tell." what- 
ever it is that the xytophonists al- 
ways play, that's it. It takes nearly 
four minutes to complete the' num- 
ber, and on a warm night it's trying. 
Boberts follows with several imita- 
tions and then goes into jaza that 
brings him returns. Heturning for 
an encore he paused to tune up with 
the orchestra again, and then gave 
'em another rag number with com- 
edy effects that was stimulating. He 
held the *>how up and drew the hit 
of the evening 

Fok and Kelly, in taeir domestic 
wrangle sketch, were all talk, amus- 
ing talk, probably, to an audience 
(hit eonltl hear it, but wasted on 
the iUate crowd. The vehicle is an 
ingenious 'affair in its framework. 
It starts with a wrangle of husband 
and wife in neighboring drug store 
telephone booths; carries the battle 
home in a taxicab and then continues 
ft in the parlor. This scaffolding 
serves to suspend all the hokum of 
the familiar give and take of a 
family light. 

Cooper and Bicardo look up about 
10 minutes with their familiar talk 
and did best with their finish, he 
playing a toy tin horn and she a 
ukelele aa they walkcdBoff. For the 
rest Miss Cooper does an impersona- 
tion of Florence Moore's clowning, 
and her partner merely feeds her, al- 
though he displays a likeable 
straight matt style and an agreeablo 
voice. They did nicely with the 
songs and comedy, but the talk scat- 

"At the Baity" is a splendid flash 
and might have made an impression 
earlier with its fast dancing, par- 
ticularly that of the man, and its 
other simple specialties, but it was 
10.30 when it .came on and then the 
show couldn't have boon redeemed 
by Al Jolson himself Hush. 


The Boyal is making a bravo bat- 
tle to survive through* the hot 
months. It is also becoming real 
artistic, with Lionel Atwill (Now 
Acts), the young Knglish dramatic 
star, headlining the Bronx house 
this week and Lou TeMogen, billed 
as the hero of a hundred romances, 
topping the procession next week. 

Mr. Atwill made an impressive 
debut into two-a-day circles in the 
Kdgar Allen Woolf sketch. "The 
White- Faced Fool." It's one of the 
finest dramatic moments that the 
vaudeville patrons havo had dished 
up to them for seasons. Mr. Atwill, 
unlike many of the legitimate breth- 
ren, takes vaudeville seriously, hav- 
ing secured an excellent vehicle and 
surrounded himself with an excellent 
cast. The star b4ld the second after 
intermission spot and was accorded 
an ovation at the final curtain. The 
show played smoothly and looked 
well on paper, but none of the acts 
received their custolnary returns. 
This was probably due to the slim 
attendance, there being only about 
one-fourth of a houseful present. 

Sherwin Kelly, a neat opener, 
started the evening. Miss Kelly is 
a versatile miss, who sings, dances 
and does trick bicycle riding. It is 
an ideal summer turn on account of 
the girl's appearance, costuming and 
pleasing personality. 

The IiC Grohs, one of tho best 
turns of its kind, wero second. The 
two men and tho girl did their mar- 
velous conlortioning to good returns 
considering the attendance. 

The Ford Dancers followed. The 
turn holds Johnny, I'M win and Dottle 
of the Fords, the fourth member 
being Fvelyn Bennett. William 
Cully Is at tho piano. The hard- 
shoe stepping on the dancing mat 
is unique, being almost extinct in 
these days of jazz and shimmy. 
Johnny Ford's solo of buck and real 
'wings" got over well, most of tho 
younger clement being unfamiliar 
with the difficulty of the style. The 
act hoofed to honors and fair re- 

Jones and Jones ran strongly un- 
der a. severe handicap. Tho quiet 
crossfire methods of the colored boys 
and their real .character delineation 
also through the unfamiliarty of the 
house With real Southern negro 
types. They thawoi them out final- 
ly and were in safe circles by the 
time they reached the closing song. 
The colored lads are still closing 
with ' IIq'a In the Jail House Now." 
With » ie.t I finish tins act should 
in ike history in darklown circles. 
It's a real novelty. 

Harry 1 Con lev* closing the first 
half, »ls'» bxl to go and get 'cm. 
Conloy's surefire finish stood hlrn in 
Rood mI for the usual surefire 
». tgs »nd tots got about half their 
usual totals 'Bice and Old Shoes" 
looks gowd for a comedy repeat next 
se iSOti It is one of the few char- 
acters Hot hasn't beep done to dealh 
in v ni'.leville 

like him by aticking to his knitting. 
The telephone business of answer- 
ing the phone at various times being 
cued by the blowing of a fish born, 
revolver shots and other things ex- 
cept tho ringing of the bell, was 
worked up for good laughs. Tht 
travesty recitation with the bats 
also got a fair share. A new finish 
took Ingliss off nicely. It is a com- 
edy song to an old Spanish melody 
sung without any accompaniment 
except a few strums from a wheezy 

After the headllner had goalee 1 
them Morris and Campbell, next to 
closing, hung up the hit of the bill 
in their nut comedy turn. The act 
remains the same as when last 
caught around the big-time houses, 
and is still one of the best comedy 
turns in the two-a-day. Morris is 
a comedian of parts and. a knowl- 
edge of values that cinches it for 
him. It's sure spot-holding combi- 

Sansone and Debit, a man and 
woman in a corking balancing turn, 
closed one of tho best bills of the 
summer season. Cot*. 


Tho warm weather aided by a 
drizzle kept the house to about 
three-quarters Monday , night. % A 
pleasing show with one featured 
turn, Franklyn and Charles Co. 
holding down Mo. 3. Only five acts, 
a Kealon comedy inserted, with the 
regular feature ''Tho Fatal Mar- 
riage" starring Wallace Keid and CJish., 

Baggett and Sheldon opened the 
vaudeville in a peppery club wield- 
ing and hat twirling act. giving the 
show a good start. Ann Day. as- 
sisted by her harp, took care of tho 
deuce spot with ease. She took 
command at the start with a neat 
solo. She followed in with two vocal 
numbers, earning enough applause 
for an encore. 

Franklyn and Charles Co. stopped 
the show with, their burlosquo 
Apacho dance. Upon their appear- 
ance in tights for the lifting, tho 
audience was taken by surprise and 
even moro so with the hand balanc- 
ing that followed. The warm 
weather made the 'work harder and 
left them ringing wet at the finish. 

Bresslcr and Klaisa capably Ailed 
the next spot, in their comedy song 
act. Miss Klaiss's coon shouting de- 
livery pleased and helped Preaslcr's 
entrance. He got many laughs with 
bin long limbs. Finishing in a double 
comedy number in which Bresslcr 
again used hia legs for some ec- 
centric piano playing, they had to 
make a apeech to get off. 

"A Night In Spain" closed the 
vaudeville. The four men and four 
women all Spanish, danced and sang. 
The turn ma* please closing shows 
On the small Time. 

23RD ST. 

After intermission lark ingliss, the 
"iitif comedian, liokod Ins wty to 
one of tho comedy hits of tho bill 
Ingtlaa bad quite a time with the 
customers, but finally made Iheea 

Three single-reel picturea started 
the show at the 23d Street Tuesday 
evening, with the first devoted to 
baseball, showing the Giants in ac* 
tion. The other two were fhe cus- 
tomary Topics and news reels. An 
illustrated aortg was the next offer- 
ing, the number itself passing mus- 
ter, with the slides woefully old. 
The opportunity offered a publisher 
to plug a number In 1 this manner 
should be handled with discretion. 
The slides used at the 2M Street 
were entirely out of date, being of 
the vintage of 1900. The manufac- 
ture of slides has not become a lost 
art, one concern in the city turning 
out On an average of 6,000 a day, 
which practically eliminates ■ any 
necessity for a publisher relying 
upon those he has had on the shelv?s 
for years. 

The vaudeville secured its start 
with Flectra, with a* novelty offer- 
ing. Tho showy manner in which 
Olectricity is handled by this man 
started the bill moving smoothly. 
The talk at times is overdone, with 
tho turn having sufficient interest to 
raon the average pop bill. Tho 
Three Macks, boys who sing and 
dance, experienced little difficulty. 
No. 2. The three divide their work 
up evenly, each. given an opportunity 
for individual returns. The harmony 
work with a pop number let them > t 
to applause. 

Sophie and Harvey Kverett fur- 
nished an offering along novel linea 
No. 3. The couple possess a smooth- 
running vehicle with a novel idea, 
The act is in good working shape 
and is productive of laughs.' Th *y 
were a welcdme relief from the gen- 
eral run of sketches placed in a 
similar position on the, average bill. 
The audience accepted them as sueh. 

The show was tied up No. 4 by 
Florence Brady, a youthful singer of 
rag numbers. Miss Brady has /Je- 
veloped strongly as a singer of thia 
order. She placed' each of her num- 
bers with telling force and sh ired 
the applause honors of the evening 
with Dooley and Rales, who fol- 
lowed. Single women No. 4 at this 
house are a rarity. This miss live.! 
up to the position and gained the 
applause of the audienee to a mm 
Dooley and Ssles, n<*xt to closing, 
created latfgtl after laugh with Ah' \r 
foolery, the intimate work with th^ 
audience having a strong appeal for 
I he neighborhood clientele. Dooley 
finished with a short speech regard - 
ing his experiences at Hie aanvj 
house 20 years ago. This couple 
furnish their best efforts whether 
the house be throe or iwo'-a-diy. 
B»rdo and Melvill supplied six min- 
utes of fast ha rid -balancing work »• 
tho closing position, gaining ap- 
pliiiso with earn feat. . ilixrt. 





Friday, June 0, 192a 

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*The White Faced Fool" (Dramatic) 
20 Mine.; Full Stage and One 
Special Cyclorama and Drop 

Tho star of "Deburau" and "The 
Grand Duke" Is making his first, 
American vaudeville appearance in 
tl j playlet by Edgar Allen Woolf. 
ft ie far and away the best thing 
that Woolf has ever done, surpass- 
ing his other vaudeville efforts 

The story concerns Gabrielle Da- 
\azet (Mr. Atwill), a noted French 
comedian, in his premiere as a tra- 
gedian. Davazet is an exponent of 
the French school who believes the 
portrayal of an emotion by an ac- 
tor doesn't necessarily include a 
previous actual experience. Phillipe 
Croisset (Manart Kippen), a French 
tragedian of the opposite school in 
the same company, is Jealous of Da- 
vazet's debut in tragic fields. Know- 
ing he is estranged from his wife, 
though deeply in love, plots to have 
her seated in a stage box, also mak- 
ing desperate love to her. Croisset 
is present in Davazet's dressing 
room in character make-up the 
opening night. Davazet arrives 
late, having waited /or his wife 
to keep a dinner appointment. He 
is upset and discouraged when she 
disappoints him. 

Croisset attempts to get Davazet 
Intoxicated, but is' foiled when the 
latter slips the drinks to his inebri- 
ated dresser (Will Hindson). Da- 
vazet's wife (Elsie Mackay) arrives 
'while he is absent. Croisset dis- 
covers her and is making love to 
her when Davazet discovers him. 
He is interrupted in his denuncia- 
tion by his curtain call. 

His wife enters a stage box out 
front. Her face is illumined *by a 
spot light he!d in her lap. A scene 
in "one" between Davazet and Crois- 
set marks the big scene of the sup- 
posed premiere. Davazet as Pierrot 
is denouncing Croisset for luring 
Pierpett (Daphne Malone) away 
and accomplishing her ruin. The 
big scene where the clown runs the 
gamut of the emotions from Jeal- 
ousy to murderous rage had pre- 
viously been discussed by the ar- 
tists. Croisset claimed he should 
have been cast for the part, as he 
was the hero of a hundred inspira- 
tions. Ho accuse u* Davazet of be- 
ing a dead man. 

During the scene the clown, 
maddened by the proximity of his 
wife in the stage box and her lover 
on the stage, chokes Croisset un- 
til he thinks he has killed him. Re- 
turning to his dressing room after 
an ovation he is showered with 
praise from the manager who pro- 
claims him the greatest tragedian 
of his time. 

Davazet, quaking with terror and 
remorse, thinking he has killed his 
rival, is astounded when the latter 
bursts In with denunciations of his 
rough treatment. His wife follows, 
explaining that it was a trick on 
her part to rouse him and inspire 
the necessary emotions required by 
the part. 

Tho Interest is held in a vise. Mr. 
Atwill is splendid, as the role al- 
lows him ample scope for his dra- 
matic powers. Miss Mackay was a 
beautiful, sympathetic heroine, in- 
spiring sympathy. The rest of the 
cast is on a par with the high 
standards of the entire production. 

In a distinctly vaudeville atmos- 
phere this dramatic breath from the 
$3 world stands out like a Woolworth 
building. It's a natural for vaude- 
ville and a shining example of the 
wisdom of intelligent preparation 
by legit stars making their advent 
into the two-a-day. The author has 
surpassed himself (though tho story 
has a familiar Frenchy sound). It's 
a real headline attraction that will 
make friends and keep them. 


Comedy Drama. 

16 Mins.; "Two"; 8pecial Drop. 
Fifth Ave. 

Milton Aborn produced this sketch 
for vaudeville, also handling a small 
role therein. The story is con- 
structed around an old piece of 
business, namely, the switching of 
three Identical grips. 

A week end party at a country 
home, with the house represented 
by a special exterior, suffices for 
the background. The act opens 
dark stage, with inserts showing 
man and girl at telephone at oppo- 
site ends of the stage. The phone 
conversations enlighten the audi- 
ence that they are about to spend 
a week end at a country home. The 
hosts have been called away, but 
inform the prospective guests that 
the key is under the mat and that 
they can go right in. 

This skeleton and the fact that 
the host and his two .^uests have 
similar initials develops the plot, 
which concerns the stealing of some 
valuable documents, the mistaking 
of one of the guests for the thief 
and his later exposure as a secret 
service agent, and a love affair that 
develops between the detective and 
the girl guest. 

The host returns In time to 
straighten out the differences aris- 
ing before the final curtain. A 
comedy role of an Irish policeman 
had some good lines, but the artist's 
speaking voice was a distinct han- 
dicap. The other three roles were 

The aoj showed nothing that 
would warrant its elevation beyond 
three-a-day circles. Con. 


Talk, 8ongs, Dance* 
14 Mine.; One 
American Roof 

Griffin is an eccentric monologUst 
with a turn framed along old school 
lines. In a frock coat, flat hat and 
checked trousers, he opens with a 
comedy song written to an old tunc. 

A monolog follows with some fa- 
miliar material anent "baseball" 
and biblical history worked in. An- 
other comedy song to an old song 
and dance melody la followed by a 
hard shoe dance that lands heavily. 
An Irish Jig and buck dance next 
stamps Griffin as a pip of a hoofer. 
This portion of his specialty 
cinched it for him, as it will in any 
of the three-a-day houses. 

Griffin's monolog lacks originality, 
some of it being excerpt* from the 
talk of the late Charley Case. On 
the Roof the talk went as if new 
with commensurate results. Con. 

Talk," Songs, Dancing. 
12 Mins.; One. 
Fifth Ave. 

Two big time dancers who have 
interpolated talk and songs. The 
pair open with crossfire having to 
do with stealing a pair of hand- 
bags from two girls they just left. 
One misses his watch, and later 
discovers that his companion has 
it among a miscellaneous collection. 

A song recitation, "Money," did- 
n't get much, but they sat up when 
tho boys began to hoof, displaying 
as neat an assortment of stepping 
as has rolled around this season. 

A song double, "That's Changed," 
got a laugh at the finish, with a 
catch line followed by a »oft shoe 
dance that landed solidly. The turn 
can get by in an early spot on the 
big bills on the dancing alone. If a 
talking Interlude must occur, new 
■material is needed. Con. 




Walters and Goold arc two boys 
who affect the style of Van and 
Schenck in general outline of ap- 
pearance, working and stage bear-* 
ing in general, without reaching the 
originals in any division, of course. 
There is the similar physical con- 
trast between the two. But neither 
really attempts even a slight imita- 
tion of either Van or Schenck. 

This couple appear in derbys and 
tuxes, first in boob song fashion. 
That is the initial error and one 
they have difficulty in recovering 
from. If the opening is aimed for 
comedy it flops. It's the derbys 
and the slow double number that 
seem to make for the missing 
laughs. After that it's songs, with 
one of the boys at the piano, sing- 
ing, cross-legged, and playing, do- 
ing more playing than singing. The 
other end tries a little comedy ef- 
fort and secures a laugh or so dur- 
ing his numbers. 

It may be the Bongs or it may be 
the singers, but if it isn't the sing-" 
ers, perhaps different songs will 
push them out of that No. 2 posi- 
tion. It docs seem that in this 
case with the boob song opening 
out the couple with pnper num- 
bers should classify for a much bet- 
ter spot on small time. 


"Lilacs" (Musical Skit) 
16 Mins.; Two (Special Drapes) 
5th Ave. 

Fred Holmes and Lulu Wells have 
a new act. Two baby spots are fo- 
cused from the footlights, one on 
the male pianist (unprogramed) 
and one on Holmes, who enters to 
converse with the pianist. Both, in 
tux, had Just dropped in on Mary 
(Miss Wells), the song idea being 
developed as how each pictured her 
at one time or another. She does an 
"old fashioned girl" number, a wed- 
ding song, etc., Holmes handling the 
vocalizing capably for the introduc- 
tions. He then explains how he had 
a falling out with Miss: Wells. Both 
men exit and she enters for a per- 
sonality number in sox and abbre- 
viated costume. He is supposed to 
be sitting in a stage box, but shouts 
from the wings for her to stop and 
put on more clothes, gumming up 
the pseudo-performance of the act- 
ress (she has become that after be- 
ing an old fashioned girl too long), 
and a man from the opposite side of 
the house (wings) fires a thot. 

It develops that both mep were 
the contestants of yesterday for the 
girl's hand. She is heard offstage 
telling mother to keep those silly 
boys quiet — she has just married her 
bootlegger. Lights up and then, col- 
loquially, they decide they must fin- 
ish up their act somehow (evidently 
intended to show it was all a re- 
hearsal, which takes the sting off 
much of the hokum), and they fare- 
well with a song and dance. 

It is nicely developed and looks 
right for bigger bookings. But why 
not mention the pianist? He de- 
serves it. Abel. 

Talk and Songs 
16 Mine.; One 
American Roof 

Billy Schoen has been around the 
three-a-day trails for several sea- 
sons. In a curtain speech he men- 
tioned how glad he was to be back 
on the roof and referred to his new 
act. The act consists of a collection 
of material purloined from about 
every single heard around. Even the 
final speech is a "choice." 

Opening with a turban entwining 
his head and holding a long ciga- 
rette holder, Schoen sings "The 
Sheik," following a bit of monolog 
travesty of the mind reading acts. 
This starts him well and raises false 
expectations of originality. 

"Mother Eve," a moth eaten com- 
edy song, next, followed by more 
talk which stamps Schoen as having 
a remarkable memory. A mock bal- 
lad next, then more released gags 
and stories, among them the story 
about the priest knowing more than 
tho rabbi, because "You tell them 
everythmg," and others equally well 

A new ballad follows and con- 
cludes with a couple of familiar ap- 
plause acknowledgments. ( Schoen, 
with all vaudeville to pick from, 
should never lay off on the small 
time. The only thing that can stop 
him is an injunction. For the big 
time houses he's mashed potatoes. 


Piano, Violin, Songs 
14 Mins.; Full Stage 
American Roof 

Dan Cassler, pianist, assisted by 
two girls who play the violin. One 
solos .vocally just before the finish. 
Cassler is a capable musician with 
a nice touch, which he exhibits in 
the accompaniments and in a 
classical solo. His left hand tech- 
nique in one number drew applause. 

The girls in Gypsy costume dou- 
ble several violin selections. On an 
encore one twin Rings a popular 
song while Cassler and the other 
girl stick to their instruments. 

It's a neat, likable turn for the 
intermediate houses and qualifies as 
.•such. On the Roof they passed 
nicely No. 4. The refined appear- 
ance of the twins helps muchly. 


Comedy Act 
12 Mins.; One 

The Hickeys closed recently with 
a road "Greenwich Village Follies." 
For vaudeville they are offering a 
regulation two-man comedy act, the 
cpmedian doing a tramp charac- 
terization, using loose fitting 
clothes and a putty nose. His part- 
ner is an up-to-datvi straight. 

The routine consists of numbers, 
stepping and gags. Among the lat- 
ter is the "Tiz" joke. The principal 
comedy business is a burlesque 
mind reading bit, the comedian do- 
ing the medium and his partner the 
spieler. It is business that will ap- 
peal to a pop audience. 

The turn is completed with a 
dancing finish in which the boys do 
a somersault over a table locked in 
each ether's arms. The Hickeys 
(an be relied upon for comedy re- 
turns in houses of the three-a-day 


Blackface Song and Dance. 
13 Mins.; One. 
23d St. 

Two men in blackface with mixed 
routine which is subsidiary to the 
stepping. They engage in a dance 
contest, each trying to outvie the 
other. Their individual efforts are 
nothing sensational, in fact, quite 
average. For an encore they an- 
nounce an original novelty, the 
"crapshooters' paradise" dance. A 
baseball dance number,